Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find some of the many frequently asked questions about our kits.

Have a question not shown in our FAQ? – contact us and we will be more than happy to help!

What is asbestos and where is it found?

Please see our guides to asbestos and common asbestos containing materials.

Is the laboratory UKAS accredited?

Yes our appointed laboratory is fully UKAS accredited to carry out the analysis in accordance with the HSE guide HSG 248 the analysts guide, UKAS lab 30 and inhouse procedures.

Details of the laboratory can be supplied on request and certificates supplied by the laboratory will display the UKAS Testing accreditation number.

As the laboratory operates within the same premises any question you may have about the process or the analysis can be answered directly by the highly skilled laboratory staff.

Are you able to supply a VAT receipt/invoice?

Asbestos Kits UK Ltd is registered with the HMRC in the UK. We are able to supply a VAT invoice on completion of any order, if you require on please let us know.

VAT is charged at 20%.

How are the analysis results returned?

The results are emailed back as a PDF certificate once the test is completed. The certificate will show the site address where the samples were taken, the details of the samples provided (location and material type) and the analysis result.

The laboratory may also provide additional information if required.

My analysis results says ‘N.A.D.I.S’ what does this mean?

N.A.D.I.S stands for ‘No Asbestos Detected In Sample’. This is an industry wide acronym to indicate that that the test has returned negative for asbestos.

The certificate does show a key in the lower left corner for clarity.

Are the test results kept confidential?

Asbestos kits UK is fully committed to ensuring the safety of its customers’ data.

Your results will be kept strictly confidential and will only be shared with yourself.

Results of the analysis and your data will not be shared to any third parties without express written consent.

How much sample do you have to supply?

The laboratory requires a representative section of the material for an accurate test. For bonded materials (Cement, insulating board etc) a section the equivalent of a 50 pence piece is required.

For textured coating samples approximately a tablespoon worth of the materials should be taken from 3-5 different areas of the ceiling or wall.

What is the difference between RPE and PPE?

Personal protective equipment (PPE)  is equipment that will protect the user against general health or safety risks. These items can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)  is equipment that use filters to remove contaminants from the air protect the user against airborne particulates. These are generally items such as face masks with an air tight seal usual relying on the wearer’s breathing to draw air through the filter.

Does this kit tell you what type of asbestos you have if it’s present?

Yes the certificate clearly identifies which of the 6 different types of asbestos have been found within the material (Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Fibrous Actinolite, Fibrous Anthophyllite and Fibrous Tremolite).

If no asbestos has been identified the certificate will indicate N.A.D.I.S – No Asbestos Detected In Sample.

How long do the results take to come back?

Results are emailed back in PDF format within 24 hours from when the laboratory receives them.

The certificate can be returned to any email address supplied along with your samples.

If you require a copy of your results in paper just supply a self addressed envelope and the laboratory will send you a copy free of charge!

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