Asbestos Bulk Identification

Birmingham City Laboratories

Birmingham City Laboratories is a UKAS accredited Laboratory and Type C Inspection Body holding accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020: 2004 and ISO/IEC 17025: 2005. Our accredited services include  sampling of bulk materials for asbestos fibre identification and undertaking laboratory examination to identify asbestos fibres.

BCL asbestos sampling service; our qualified surveyors and analysts will attend your premises and sample suspected ACM’s. Samples will then be examined in the laboratory and a full report provided.

Samples removed by the client can also be delivered to the laboratory for examination. We offer a premium same day service for urgent samples as well as our competitive standard service.

There are three main types of asbestos - chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite; they are usually called white, brown and blue asbestos respectively. However, they cannot be identified just by their colour. Blue and brown asbestos (the two most dangerous forms) have not been imported into the UK for nearly 20 years and
their use was banned in 1985. White asbestos was banned (except for a small number of specialised uses) in 1999.






Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.

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