The Challenge
Debris samples of potentially asbestos containing materials from Uskmouth Power Station were brought to the MSS laboratory. The samples needed to be analysed in a UKAS- accredited asbestos laboratory, by highly skilled staff, trained to the highest appropriate qualifications.

The Process
The analyst examined samples under a low power stereo microscope, within a fume cabinet, which is safe for the analyst. Morphology was assessed and fibres mounted in the appropriate refractive index liquid. The optical properties of the fibre were analysed, using polarised light microscopy, allowing the analyst to determine the type of asbestos.

To ensure the high quality expected from MSS, quality checks are carried out on a random and daily basis of each analyst’s samples. Monthly blind quality checks of known samples are also undertaken. MSS participate in the BOHS AIMS. Achieving a score of 0, the best possible score, for the last seven years.

MSS employs excellent communication, which, is crucial for defining a common understanding of asbestos samples. This requires trust between the stakeholders and the dedicated point of contact. The asbestos industry has great experience in developing technical solutions to issues but, generally, can be hesitant in determining how best to seek dialogue. In this case, it was particularly important to communicate with the sampling company, ensuring our results were parallel to their expectations.

Working in Partnership
MSS works with clients and their advisers from the onset of a project to formulate an effective and practical strategy for analysing samples.

We can adjust turnaround times, data formats and report styles. Reports can be accessed through our Asnet database, powered by TEAMs, a client-accessible data storing interactive database, or by uploading data to a system of your preference.