Lab Analysis Of Asbestos Bulk Materials

What you need to know about asbestos testing

If you are thinking about commissioning a company to undertake some asbestos testing on board your vessel or on your company premises, then here is some useful information you should know before issuing that order.

Most of the regulations concerning asbestos, especially those relevant to the maritime industry, require that laboratories undertaking asbestos analysis meet the required standards set out under ISO 17025.

In the maritime industry, with the exception of accreditation in the form of ISO 17025, some class societies such as, DNV-GL, LR and CCS also conduct an approval scheme for qualified hazardous material testing service provider.

What asbestos analysis standards should be selected?

Asbestos testing methods vary around the world. Essentially, there are 3 kinds of technique on asbestos detection, namely: Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). CTI can perform a variety of asbestos detection methods in our laboratories, as listed in the following table:

Item Equipment Method
Asbestos PLM(Recommended) ISO 22262-1:2012
HSG 248
NIOSH 9002
JIS A 1481-2008
JIS A 1481-2008
SEM-EDS ISO 22262-1:2012
VDI 3866 PART 5

The usual method of asbestos testing is PLM, especially in the maritime industry, primarily due to its cost effectiveness and reliability. It is proven to be highly effective in identifying the range fibre types in asbestos containing material.

Typical Schedule

Lab Analysis Turn Around Days Output
Regular 5-7 days Asbestos Analysis Report
Urgent 3-5 days Asbestos Analysis Report
24-hour turnaround 24hours Asbestos Analysis Report

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