ABP UK | P: P408
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Identification and Quantification of Asbestos in Soils Using PLM and PCM

ABP Associates Limited are proud to announce that our asbestos in soils laboratory is one of only two laboratories in the UK (and worldwide!!) that have the new BOHS P408 qualification (identification and quantification of asbestos in soils using PLM and PCM).

In addition we have four of only eight analysts worldwide who now hold this qualification.

Asbestos in soils presents a unique challenge for analysts that may already be experienced soil analysts or asbestos bulk analysts. Handling the often wet sample, possibly contaminated with a number of hazards apart from possibly asbestos requires a number of stages of analysis to provide the client with an outcome that is qualitative and quantitative. The aim of this course is to build on the knowledge and experience of analysts with the P401 module: Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples (PLM) and develop new skills to identify and quantify asbestos in soil. This course is based on the methodology in the ‘The Quantification of Asbestos in Soil (2017)’ published by the Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA), Blue Book Methods for the Examination of Waters and Associated Materials.

ABP Associates Ltd is registered with IATP and BOHS.

Topics Covered

  • What is Soil
  • Asbestos Fibres
  • Analysis of Asbestos in Soil – 3 Stages
  • Controlling Risks to Health
  • Set Up and Use of a Polarised Light Microscope
  • Analytical procedure
  • Quality Control systems
  • Practical Work

To view the full BOHS syllabus, please click here (PDF file; opens in new window).

Prior Knowledge

Candidates on this course are expected to be aware of the contents of HSG 248 Asbestos: The Analyst Guide. Appendix 2 “Asbestos in bulk materials: sampling and identification by polarised light microscopy (PLM)” is often referred to during the course. The Analysts’ Guide can be downloaded for free here. The course builds on the knowledge and experience of analysts with the P401 module: Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples (PLM) and preferably the P403 module: Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM) although not pre-requisite for the course.  It is also preferable if analysts’ are already participating in RICE, AIMS and AISS and their own internal quality control schemes.

Course Dates:

P408 training courses now available – to take a look at Course Dates and to Book, click here.