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FAQs

How do I get in touch with East Riding Laboratories?

For further information call us on 01482 221651 or by filling in our submission form

What type of samples can you analyse?

We can analyse most construction materials to detect whether or not asbestos is present. The most common materials we test are textured coatings (such as ‘Artex’); vinyl floor tiles and associated adhesives; cement (such as garage roofs, soffits, flues, guttering & downpipes); insulating boards, tiles & panels; pipe & boiler insulation materials; bakelite toilet cisterns and many more!

We can also carry out a water absorption test on insulating board and cement products where there is doubt about their precise composition and to confirm the control measures required during removal. Water absorption is not an accredited test.

How much does it cost?

This will depend on the number of samples and the turnaround time you require. Once you have contacted us and discussed your requirements, you will be issued with a quotation. Whatever the price you can be assured of a high quality and cost efficient service.

How much sample do you require?

Samples must fully represent the material to be tested. For manufactured products such as board or cement, a thumb size piece is sufficient. For loose materials which may be less homogenous such as textured coating, insulation, etc, we recommend at least a tablespoon-sized sample. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to give us a ring for advice.

What do I do when I am ready to send my samples to the laboratory?

You should ensure your samples are double-wrapped and clearly labelled. We can send you a sample submission form (download one here) on which you can list your sample details or if you prefer, you can submit samples using your own paperwork. Samples are normally hand-delivered or couriered to us.

Can you supply me with sample bags?

Give us a call and we can arrange for sample bags to be delivered to you. Alternatively you can pick some up when you are passing. Prices available on request.

Can you collect the samples from me?

To arrange for a courier (for 50+ samples), contact us for a quotation and to make the necessary arrangements.

When will analysis begin?

Normally analysis will begin soon after samples arrive but this will vary depending on the nature and number of samples. If you have any specific requirements please give us a call.

Who will analyse my samples?

Our highly experienced graduate analysts all hold the BOHS P401 qualification for bulk analysis.

How do I know what the results are?

When analysis is completed you will be sent a report that will list results and other analytical information relating to your samples. Please contact us if you require further clarification or advice once you have received your test report.

What quality assurances do the results have?

East Riding Laboratories is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS) to BSI/ISO 17025. We also participate in the Asbestos in Materials Quality Control Scheme (AIMS) organised by the Health and Safety Executive. This means that regular independent audits of our systems and processes take place to ensure a high quality result is produced. This gives customers a high degree of confidence in our results.

What if you find asbestos in my sample?

Depending on the nature and location of the asbestos-containing material and your plans for managing it, finding asbestos in your building does not necessarily lead to expensive removal work. We can put you in touch with specialists who can discuss your options and help you to reach a satisfactory course of action.

One of my employees is taking the BIOH S301 course but is concerned that they do not have any experience in bulk identification. Could you provide any practical training?

We can provide practical half-day or one-day training sessions tailored to individual requirements. Consisting of a one to one session with an experienced analyst, you will be shown basic asbestos and other fibre identification techniques with opportunities to discuss the syllabus and sample questions. Please call to discuss your individual requirements.

TO GET IN TOUCH, CALL US NOW ON 01482 221651 OR EMAIL BACK THE ONLINE FORM.