Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples

This module provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the techniques of asbestos sample identification using polarised light microscopy (PLM). The course duration is three days which includes theory, practical work and the exams, and is tutored by Jean Prentice MSc (Hons) of McCrone Consulting LLP.

Each student has sole use of a HEPA filtered cabinet with stereo microscope, polarised light microscope, tools and a set of RI fluids for the duration of the course and for the exam. Students taking the full course or only the exam are also welcome to bring their own tools and equipment. To pass the practical assessment for this module the delegate will normally need to have some practical experience with polarised light microscopy and/or asbestos identification.

This teaching course has been awarded the BOHS’s “Gold Standard“. Our certificate is displayed proudly in our laboratory.

ABP Associates Ltd is registered with IATP and BOHS.

Course Dates:

Our P401 course often fills up quickly; we recommend that places on this course are booked early to avoid disappointment. To secure your place on this course, please complete and return a booking form, or email us to discuss your requirements.

P401 Course DatesBook
P401 Course DatesBook
30th January - 1st February 2018Book now
27th - 29th March 2018Book now
27th - 29th June 2018Book now
25th - 27th July 2018Book now
12th - 14th September 2018Book now
20th - 22nd November 2018Book now

Topics Covered

  • Asbestos Fibres
  • Set Up and Use of a Polarised Light Microscope
  • Analysis of Bulk Samples
  • Asbestos look-alikes and how to recognise them
  • Quality Control systems
  • Practical Work

To view the full BOHS syllabus, please click here (PDF file; opens in new window).

Prior Knowledge

Candidates on this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG 248 Asbestos: The Analyst Guide. Appendix 2 “Asbestos in bulk materials: sampling and identification by polarised light microscopy (PLM)” is often referred to during the course. The Analysts’ Guide can be downloaded for free here. Candidates should have some prior experience of analysing bulk samples and may already be participating in a quality control scheme.

Asbestos look-alikes

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