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Asbestos Testing – Textured Coatings

A typical pattern of textured coating that may contain asbestos fibres

Asbestos testing of textured coatings involves taking a sample of the textured coating under controlled conditions and sending it to a UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis.

Adding asbestos to the mix made it stronger and easier to form decorative patterns. The asbestos was mixed in by hand and therefore is not consistent throughout the material.

Generally, the asbestos fibres are well bonded within the mix but may be released if sanded down or scraped off. Therefore any repairs or removal must also be carried out under controlled conditions.

Always have asbestos testing of textured coatings carried out before you begin any works that may disturb it.

Contact HSG Surveys Ltd for a quote for testing for asbestos, or for advice on working with asbestos.

Further essential information can be found on the HSE website