Limitations Of Current Asbestos Testing
Current industry standards for measuring ACM requires a portion of the sample to be removed from its location and sent to a laboratory for analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy with Dispersion Staining.
Although this is an accredited method, there are several technical challenges to PLM including:
- Technical skills of the operator
- Only three types of asbestos can be detected
- Time required to test and validate results.
Utilising Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (NIR) To Accurately Test Asbestos
With a portable NIR device, analysing asbestos is a non-destructive process, taking under ten seconds to return an accurate reading of possible asbestos material.
By analysing a sample with infrared spectroscopy, six different regulated asbestos minerals can be detected. More importantly, samples are not required to be removed from the site, ensuring a safer investigation.
Asbestos Minerals NIR Can Detect
Identify Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs) With The MicroPHAZIR Portable NIR Device
The Thermo microPHAZIR AS asbestos detector is a portable NIR device that will speed up asbestos identification, and require little training.
Don’t wait for costly, time-consuming lab-based analysis to find out if there are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your demolition, renovation, repair project or work site. Prevent asbestos exposure on-site and identify asbestos substitution during incoming inspection.
With the consistent and accurate measurement of ACM, the portable NIR microPHAZIR device is a critical tool for those working in waste transfer, demolition and construction, and other industries commonly exposed to asbestos.