Asbestos Air Monitoring

It is necessary, under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012), to undertake Air Monitoring to ensure that levels of airborne asbestos fibre are kept to a minimum and within a controlled environment.

HBE delivers a comprehensive range of air monitoring analytical services to safeguard that asbestos removal contractors are operating in line with both the regulatory requirements and the project specific method statements, ensuring that the process of Asbestos removal is carried out to the highest standards.

We deliver the following air testing services:

4 Stage Clearance Testing

4 Stage clearance testing is carried out following removal of notifiable licensed asbestos removal under controlled conditions, usually within a full enclosure.

It is undertaken to confirm that asbestos removal work has been completed in accordance with regulations before a Certificate of Reoccupation can be issued.

Reassurance Air Testing

This is generally used to measure the airborne fibre concentration levels following non-licensed asbestos removal works, to confirm that the residual asbestos fibre concentrations are below the control limit.

Smoke Testing Witness

A smoke test is carried out on an asbestos removal enclosure before the removal work starts. The testing ensures that firstly the enclosure is intact and not liable to leak contaminated air, and secondly the minimum required number of air changes per hour pass through. The test is usually undertaken by the Removal Contractor and can be independently witnessed by an HBE Analyst.

Leakage Air Testing

This form of air testing is used to measure the airborne fibre concentration levels outside a live asbestos removal enclosure, in order to determine whether the integrity of the enclosure is being maintained and that the control measures are adequate.

Leakage air testing is used to support an initial smoke test and the frequent thorough visual inspections of an enclosure during removal work.

Background Air Testing

This testing is generally conducted when you require evidence or a check that fibre levels in the air are below the recommended level.

This is usually carried during minor remedial works or when accidental damage has occurred to asbestos containing materials (ACMs). It can also be used as part of an over-all monitoring strategy to manage asbestos-related risks.

Personal Air Monitoring

This monitoring measures how much of a substance a worker inhales whilst work is being carried out. It ensures that safe methods of work are being undertaken, that the RPE used are correctly fitted and fit for purpose.

Why choose HBE?

UKAS 17025 Asbestos Fibre Testing HBEOur UKAS accredited air monitoring services are carried out in accordance with ISO 17025 and the HSE guidance including HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures and in-house procedures.

HBE is one of only two organisations to have achieved ISO 17025 and ISO 17020 accreditations for Asbestos air monitoring, Surveying and Legionella Risk Assessments.

Our team of Analysts are some of the most highly qualified and experienced consultants in the UK and Ireland. They all hold the internationally recognised BOHS proficiency module P403 Asbestos fibre counting and the BOHS P404 Air sampling for Asbestos and MMMF and requirements for a Certificate of Reoccupation following clearance of asbestos.

The HBE difference

At HBE, we endeavour to make our services as seamless as possible. Our air monitoring paperwork and certification are completed using hand-held tablets and are printed from our mobile laboratory, ensuring that copies can be left on-site for both the building manager and the contractor, if required.

Our air monitoring services are available on an emergency basis, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Samples are either analysed in the field or submitted for certified analysis to a UKAS accredited laboratory.

For more information about our air monitoring services or a quote, contact us on 0845 6399 673 or from Ireland call +353 1 257 3141 or email enquiries@hberm.com.

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