DIY Asbestos Test Kits: Are They Reliable?

Last Updated on 26th July 2023 by max2021

If you are concerned there might be asbestos in your home or workplace, one option you have is to test the area and material you suspect contains ACMs – Asbestos Containing Materials.

This is not a commonly held skill. So like many people, you may head to Google to see what you can do. One way offered on the internet is to purchase a DIY testing kit that allows an untrained person to conduct an asbestos test. 

Are they reliable? Do you get accurate information back? Are they safe to use? All relevant questions to ask yourself. The safest recommendation is to contact a UKAS-accredited company to undertake any asbestos testing.

These trained professionals can conduct safe tests and provide an accurate response. Then you have the next big question—what can you do about it if it is asbestos?

What Is A DIY Asbestos Testing Kit

Most asbestos testing kits have a 2-step process. The kit will provide the equipment to take samples of suspected asbestos-containing substances.

You then have to post them to a laboratory for experts to analyse the samples and see if they are negative or positive for asbestos content. The cost of the analysis is often not included in the kit costs and can significantly increase what you have to pay out.

There are also testing kits where you can conduct the testing process yourself. The kits will include a chemical agent you apply to the suspected substance. You then need to read the results correctly and accurately.

Should You Use A DIY Asbestos Testing Kit

The decision is yours, but there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing an asbestos testing kit.

If you are in doubt about any of the above, please call the experts to undertake a safe and professional test where the safety of yourself and others is paramount.

Published Jul 13, 2023

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