Laboratories who carry out bulk analysis for asbestos must demonstrate that 
they conform to the requirements of ISO/IEC 1702513 and, if they provide this 
service for a third party, must be accredited by a recognised accreditation body, ie 

The laboratory should be able to demonstrate its competence to carry out bulk asbestos analysis through:

  • staff training records;
  • certificates from external training providers;
  • participation in quality assurance schemes;
  • internal proficiency testing programmes;
  • satisfactory performance in national proficiency testing programmes;
  • replicate analysis checks of a proportion of the routine samples. 

When asbestos is disturbed or damaged, it releases tiny fibres into the air. These fibres can easily be inhaled without the person even noticing. They can become trapped in the nose or throat, or they can work their way into the lung or digestive tract. Once the fibres enter the body, this is when they start to cause health problems.