Air Monitoring
Air monitoring is generally used to assess the extent of the spread of asbestos.  We are able to arrange all types of air monitoring.  Please contact us with your requirements and we can assist in planning which types of air monitoring are required.  Static air monitoring may also be used during an asbestos survey.
Static Air Monitoring
Static sampling is widely undertaken to assist in assessing the extent and spread of asbestos.  The purpose of the requirement for static air monitoring should be clearly identified.  The main types and circumstances for static sampling are shown further below.
Careful consideration should be given to the purpose of the air testing and how the results will be interpreted.  Air testing has been used by the asbestos removal industry for many years as an indicator of fibre levels, however air testing does not include just asbestos fibres.  All respirable fibres are counted, or to be specific all particles >5µm long, <3µm wide and a length to width (aspect ratio) of more than 3:1.  Even particles of dust and carbon are counted, and the final results do not distinguish between them.
What's included ?
  • Assessment of which type(s) of air monitoring are required

  • All work undertaken by UKAS accredited P401 analysts

  • Reports available on site

Fast Response
Once appointed we can usually carry out air testing within a week

Please allow plenty of time when booking

Competent
All works carried out by P401 analysts
Fast turnaround times
Air test results are normally available on site
Accurate results
All analysts undertake work in accordance with their UKAS accreditation
Types of Air Monitoring Available
Background Sampling
The aim is to establish the prevailing fibre concentration.  This is often carried out before an activity which may lead to airborne asbestos contamination.  Background sampling gives a useful baseline with which other samples can be compared (eg leak and reassurance samples).  The prevailing conditions may also need to be stated (eg whether the building or area is in normal use (occupied or unoccupied).
Reassurance Sampling
Conducted in certain circumstances (eg after removal work) to confirm that the residual fibre concentrations are not elevated. There should be no suspicious visible dust or debris.
Near-source Static Sampling
To assess the release and spread of asbestos fibre concentrations near sources.  For example inside enclosures, for work without an enclosure, near simulated disturbance activities in unoccupied areas, buildings and enclosures to represent typical release scenarios for normal occupation or maintenance activities, disturbance of asbestos in soil and made ground, or mineral processing etc.
Far-source/Perimeter Sampling
Conducted around the perimeter of a site where there may be other workers, public access or residential and commercial buildings
If you are not sure which type of air monitoring you require we can help work out which best suits your needs.