When it comes to the term “asbestos,” many people think it’s just one harmful material. However, asbestos actually refers to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that share similar properties, including fire resistance, strength, and insulation capabilities. While all types of asbestos fibres are harmful, they are not the same. In this blog, we’ll break down the different types of asbestos fibres, where they are commonly found, and how experts like G&L use advanced techniques like polarised light microscopy (PLM) to identify them. 

Types of Asbestos

Where You Might Find Them

How Do We Identify Asbestos Types?

Polarised Light Microscopy (PLM)

At G&L, the identification of asbestos fibres is carried out using polarised light microscopy (PLM). This technique examines the optical properties of the fibres to positively identify them as one of the six regulated asbestos types. 

Classification of Material

Based on the type of asbestos fibre(s) contained in the sample, its matrix, and the description from the sampler, G&L will classify each sample according to categories like Asbestos Insulation/Coating, Asbestos Cement, etc. 

Final Thoughts

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to something as potentially harmful as asbestos. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your property, having a comprehensive survey and subsequent analysis by experts like G&L is crucial. Whether you’re in the UK or Ireland, our specialists are trained in identifying and classifying different types of asbestos, so you can take the necessary steps for safe management or removal.