Asbestos Air Monitoring

Birmingham City Laboratories provide a full range of services related to asbestos air monitoring. Including sampling of asbestos fibres in the air and fibre counting to HSG 248. We currently hold a category “A” RICE rating.

Our mobile laboratories provide a 24 hour emergency call out service. We are able to carry out air monitoring and provide expert advice to manage incidents involving the unplanned release or damage of ACM’s, services include: 

  • 4 stage clearance certification 
  • Personnel exposure certification 
  • Fibre counting 
  • Assurance certification 
  • Reoccupation testing reassurance & leak testing
UKAS accredited testing laboratories have the responsibility to independently validate the completeness of high risk works on ACMs and the fitness for reoccupation of those work areas.
Recent research conducted by HSE Asbestos Liaison Group (ALG) has revealed a significant majority of asbestos work areas where high risk asbestos containing materials have been removed or otherwise worked upon have not been left in a safe condition for the future occupants of the building.

Regulation 19 of CAWR 200210 requires that employers who use laboratories to undertake air sampling and analysis of air samples should assure themselves that the laboratory conforms with the competence standard ISO/IEC 17025.19 regulation 20 of CAWR 2002,10 which came into effect on 21 November 2004, also requires that employers who engage laboratories to analyse asbestos materials assure themselves that the laboratory also conforms with ISO 17025. Conformation with ISO 17025 is demonstrated by obtaining accreditation from a recognised body. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is currently the sole recognised accreditation body in Great Britain.