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Asbestos Detection

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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

Industries That Can Benefit From Rapid Asbestos Detection

Finding asbestos at a site creates a potentially dangerous situation for workers. To learn more about the dangers of asbestos view our blog here. This will also likely lead to stoppages and complete site shutdowns, which will cost your business time and money while the area is tested and cleared.

Whilst there are numerous sectors, industries, and businesses that can benefit from having access to rapid asbestos detection technology, industries that frequently uncover asbestos-containing materials are:

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Rapid Results With A Handheld Asbestos Analyser

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.


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portable analyser
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