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Our UKAS ISO 17025 accredited hazardous materials laboratory operates under the legal entity Lucion Services. Lucion Services is a UKAS-accredited inspection body No. 0263 in relation to asbestos.

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UKAS Accredited – Testing

Our UKAS ISO 17025 accredited hazardous materials laboratory operates under the legal entity Lucion Services. Lucion Services is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 2569 in relation to asbestos.

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Asbestos Testing 


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Asbestos Testing FAQ

Duty holders and employers must assess and manage asbestos risks, providing accurate information and protective equipment to those at risk. Compliance with CAR 2012 is essential. Our asbestos management team at Lucion ensure correct risk management, protection of individuals and the environment. 

The HSE’s Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 is pivotal in managing asbestos risks. It mandates employers (duty holders) to assess and manage asbestos risks, provide information and protective equipment, and ensure compliance with safety regulations. Employers need to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials in their premises. 

Key events include the first import of asbestos in 1870, initial evidence of asbestos-related diseases in 1906, and the 1969 Asbestos Regulations tightening guidelines. The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act marked a pivotal shift, and subsequent regulations addressed specific concerns, such as the 1985 import ban of blue and brown asbestos. 

Find out more about the history of asbestos by clicking here to view our comprehensive asbestos history timeline. 

Airborne asbestos fibres, once inhaled, reach deep lung tissues. Due to their small size, the body struggles to expel them, leading to asbestos-related diseases. The fibres’ tensile strength, coupled with resistance to acid, damages surrounding tissues, resulting in scar tissue and various health issues. 

Asbestos, dubbed the ‘miracle mineral,’ was utilised for its versatile properties, such as thermal stability, electrical resistance, anti-condensation, acoustic absorbency, and more. It was found in construction materials, electrical components, insulation, textiles, and even sprayed onto surfaces. 

Asbestos is a fibrous silicate found naturally in rocks, with three common types: 

  1. Chrysotile (white) 
  1. Amosite (brown) 
  1. Crocidolite (blue) 

 Identification is crucial as each type poses different risks. However, visual inspection is insufficient, requiring sampling and testing for accurate determination. 

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