Undertaking soil analysis allows an employer to characterise any potential exposure to their employees, as required under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Soil analysis identifies and quantifies asbestos fibres by type within a matrix of soil or aggregate. This is a combination of methods; microscopy, gravimetric analysis & fibre counting. Soil analysis is undertaken in 3 stages: Stage 1 Identification of the asbestos types present. Stage 2 Quantification of the asbestos present expressed as percentage of the supplied sample. Stage 3 Total mass of free fibres expressed as fibres/g.
Bulk samples analysis identifies asbestos within building materials. The method used is based upon examination using stereo microscopy and polarised light microscopy. Asbestos is identified by type of fibre; Crocidolite (blue), Amosite (brown), Chrysotile (white), Anthophyllite, Tremolite or Actinolite. Where only a very small amount of asbestos is present (one or two fibres) this will be reported as Trace plus the fibre type. Where asbestos is not identified NADIS is reported, that is, No Asbestos Detected in Sample. Water Absorption Test: On occasion when it is difficult using accredited methods to identify a material as either cement or board, we can carry out an additional non-accredited test based upon the HSE published method which differentiates between the materials. The test measures the amount of water a
material absorbs in comparison to its dry weight. This in turn can help inform a decision as whether working on a material requires an asbestos licence.
We provide independent analytical project management of works on asbestos contaminated land, providing you with technical oversight (including documents and watching brief) and impartial advice. For more information click here.
Our analysts can provide a full range of asbestos air monitoring services including: asbestos personal monitoring, asbestos reassurance monitoring, asbestos background monitoring and asbestos leak testing.
ASBESTOS STILL KILLS AROUND 5000 WORKERS EACH YEAR, THIS IS MORE THAN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED ON THE ROAD.
Independent Laboratory – We do not carry out removal works ourselves and have no links to contractors. This means we can provide impartial advice free from bias.
South East & Midlands Laboratories – Our laboratory locations enable us to expand our coverage and support our Nationwide activities.
UKAS accredited testing laboratory – We can quickly and accurately provide analysis for asbestos in air, bulk materials and soil.
Electronic Work Management System – Allowing us to work efficiently and minimising human error.
Mobile laboratories – We have a fleet of self-contained mobile laboratories, so if space or time on site is restricted, we can get to work straight away.
Completion packs – Our completion packs provide a comprehensive set of evidence that works were completed safely and correctly.
Bulk Analysis Certificates – Results from all analysis provided within the report.
Emergency Response – We can provide same/next day results for emergencies.
Certificates – Our certificates are clear, concise and can be emailed or printed as soon as analysis is complete.
Lack of training and poor communication have all been identified as contributory factors in outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease.
“…a thorough and professional approach at both pre-tender and on-site stages…The surveyors are diligent, experienced and polite…the report format is clear and easy to understand. I would have no hesitation in recommending them…and will use them in the future.”
“…the Project Manager is very thorough, keeping me informed of progress…helps scheme staff to understand more about asbestos…surveyors are diligent and polite. I have no hesitation in recommending Riverside.”
We are pleased with Riverside’s performance. They deliver services in a helpful and professional manner whilst working to programmes and meeting required deadlines.
“providing consistency and completed work on time and to budget. These works assist us in implementing the sector leading approach to legionella risk control that we wanted. I would not hesitate in using them again.”
“completed to programme and to our complete satisfaction…operations were carried out in an exemplary manner.”
“very efficient and timely in their service whilst always showing a friendly and helpful attitude. I would be happy to recommend Riverside.”
“…we have been highly satisfied with the service and support they have provided and would have no hesitation in recommending them.”
“…Riverside have provided an excellent service in a challenging environment and have been professional and reliable at each stage. I would be very happy to recommend Riverside and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”
“…I have been extremely impressed at the professionalism of the work that Riverside has completed for our client both in terms of content and report turn around…I would have no hesitation in recommending Riverside.”
FOR ALL BUT THE MOST STRAIGHTFORWARD OF JOBS, IT MAY BE WORTHWHILE CONSIDERING EMPLOYING A LABORATORY TO AT LEAST HELP IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CONTRACT
…CARRIED OUT DILIGENTLY, WITH GREAT ACCURACY & WITH MINIMUM
DISRUPTION… THE SURVEYS WERE EASY TO UNDERSTAND…THANKS AGAIN.
RIVERSIDE PROVIDE A PROFESSIONAL AND EXTENSIVE SERVICE AND HAVE ALWAYS DELIVERED WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM FROM A CLIENT PERSPECTIVE AND ARE ALWAYS PRO-ACTIVE AND FLEXIBLE IN THEIR APPROACH
“…Riverside have been an integral part of an award-winning team that has delivered one of the most successful projects in the construction industry, it has been a pleasure to work with Jonathan and his team and I look forward to working with all the team members in the future on other national projects.”
“RIVERSIDE HAVE CONTINUALLY DELIVERED SERVICES WITHIN THE TIMESCALES DETAILED WITHIN THE KPI͛S AND THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT FULLY MEETS REQUIREMENTS. WE HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE WILLINGNESS TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, ACHIEVING RESPONSE TIMES SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW THOSE WRITTEN INTO THE CONTRACT.”
“…we have been extremely happy with the service provided and the quick turnaround in the production of survey reports…would not hesitate in using them again.”
“͞We have been impressed by the willingness to respond to emergency situations achieving quick response times. I would not hesitate in using them again.”
Surveyors and analysts have provided a professional and reliable service, reports are clear and well presented