Air testing: Why nothing is more important than the air you breathe

Air testing is an important tool in the fight against asbestos

AIR testing is an important way to protect yourself from the dangers of asbestos.

Using state-of-the-art analytical equipment, Acorn Analytical Services can monitor the levels of asbestos fibres present in the air around you, making it even easier to make informed decisions when it comes to keeping yourself, and the people, around you safe.

Here, we take a closer look at the benefits of air testing as part of asbestos management and when it can be most effective.

What is asbestos air testing?

Asbestos air testing involves drawing a volume of air through a filter to collect any airborne particles, which are so tiny that you would never be able to see them with the naked eye.

Once a sample has been collected, it is mounted on a microscope slide in our mobile laboratory where fibres of appropriate dimensions are counted.

Because we have all our facilities on site, we can give you your results instantly and advise you on what to do next.

When does asbestos air testing work best?

Asbestos air testing should always be considered where any asbestos works are to take place including monitoring, encapsulating, repairing or removal.

We would recommend a background check to monitor the levels before work starts and then testing while work is ongoing and afterwards to ensure that levels have returned to normal.

Asbestos air testing is required as part of the four stage clearance process during licensed asbestos removal works. This forms part of the certificate of reoccupation

Why is asbestos air testing so important?

We now know that exposure to asbestos fibres is a serious health risk, potentially leading to mesothelioma, a form of cancer which largely affects the lungs or the stomach.

Even now, more than 20 years after asbestos was banned, more than 2,500 people died from mesothelioma in 2020, many years after they were first exposed to asbestos fibres.

The truth is, that asbestos is still all around us – lying dormant in many old buildings including offices, schools and factories. Using asbestos air testing as part of your asbestos management strategy is another way of protecting those around you from the dangers of this silent killer.

Who can carry out air testing?

Acorn Analytical Services is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and we have a team of fully-trained experts who can carry out asbestos air testing.

We have offices in Northampton, London, Cleckheaton and Wolverhampton so we can travel to wherever you are in the UK.

It’s important to remember that because we’re one of the last fully independent asbestos management consultancies in the country, we will always give you the advice which is right for you, helping you to take the next steps with confidence.

Our friendly staff can arrange an appointment for you within a week and where we can, much sooner than that.

Once the tests have taken place, you will be given access to a free online portal where you can keep all your documentation safe, secure and in one place.

Get in touch for your free, no obligation quote today. We will get back in touch with you with a price within a day and the price you get will be the price you pay.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Acorn is a professional asbestos consultancy helping organisations deal with asbestos compliance using asbestos surveysasbestos air testing, and asbestos removal management. 

Please call one of the team, or use the online form to obtain your free quotation. If you would like further information or advice on asbestos and asbestos training, contact the team on 0844 818 0895 or Contact Us

Ian Stone

I am based out of our Northampton office but regularly travel to meet with new and existing clients. I have assisted thousands of clients over the years on varying-sized projects, several have been schemes totalling over one million pounds spent purely on asbestos. Together with Neil Munro, I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I am Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

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