Asbestos Service List

Air technicians are available to collect air samples for indoor air quality testing in Ireland.  Air pumps draw a known flow rate of air through filter media for a specific amount of time to collect airborne particulates.  Air filters are returned to our lab in Ireland for fibre identification, measurement and counting by either PCM, SEM, or TEM asbestos testing. 

If building surveys  or background air tests return positive results and the job becomes an active remediation project, our staff can provide onsite air sampling based on the World Health Organization (WHO) 4-Stage Clearance testing method conforming to ISO 17025 standards.  

Air Sampling & Clearance Testing

Air filters are prepared and examined by our Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) lab for Respirable Airborne Fibre concentration determination using the World Health Organization rules as put forth in the HSG 248 Method for Phase Contrast Light Microscopy.

Accredited participant with top rating in the HSE’s Heath & Safety Lab’s Regular Inter-laboratory Counting Exchange (RICE) Asbestos Fibre counting program. 

Fast turn-around times for results are available to suit your needs. 

Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM)

     For Airborne Fibre Counting

The powerful combination of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), and Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED) provide the best collection of tools for determining whether Asbestos is present, and, if so, exactly what type it is by crystallographic, chemical, and morphological  characterization of even the smallest microscopic water & airborne contaminants.

· Respirable Airborne Asbestos Concentration determination as based on the ISO 10312 method.

· Asbestos identification in Potable Water as based on the Anderson & Long method.

· Non-friable Organically Bound (NOB) Bulk Material (Floor Tiles) analysis by in-house method.


· Settled Dust (Wipes or Microvacs) analysis by in-house method.

Transmission Electron Microscopy & Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

For Air, Water, & Bulk Asbestos Tests

Identification & measurement for respirable airborne  by our SEM service.

· Respirable Asbestos fibre concentrations based on the SEM ISO 14966 method.

· Bulk building materials and samples collected on tape.

· 10-day, 3-day, or 24-hour analysis turnaround times are available to suit your needs.

· SEM Video DVD record of analysis available.

· Asbestos testing EM lab in Ireland

· Investigate Any Special Project.



Scanning Electron Microscopy &

Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy For Air & Bulk Sample Asbestos Identification

Air Quality & Asbestos Testing By Microscopy & Microanalysis

Company Registration Number 422277


VAT Number IE 9654428R

 To contact us for more  information on these services:

EMIR, Ltd.

Unit 2, Lissane

Clarecastle, Co. Clare





PLM Testing For Asbestos In Bulk Materials

EMIR’s Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) lab is able to identify the six different kinds of Asbestos that may be found in ACM Bulk Samples.

PLM is the least expensive method available for testing asbestos and is normally sufficient for testing almost all bulk samples.  

View of Bulk Sample ACM under Scanning Electron Microscope

As sampling pump draws air, fibres

are trapped on Filter Media pictured above while held inside black cowl

Color Changes of  Asbestos Viewed under PLM Microscope Identifies Amosite Asbestos

Microscopic view of fibres caught on filter as seen under Phase Contrast Microscope while counting them

TEM Electron Diffraction view

of mineral shows its crystalline structure

List of Asbestos Services:

· Analysis By:






· Air Sampling Service

· Building Surveys

EMIR’s Lab Director has worked for over ten years performing Asbestos analysis at electron microscopy labs in New York and Pennsylvania that have included Asteco, Huntingdon Analytical Services, Chopra-Lee, Continuum Environmental, and Structure Probe, Inc.

Building Surveys & Risk Assessment

Surveys undertake to locate, identify sources and assess the relative ability of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) to release fibres into the air if disturbed.   

ACMs that may be found in all common building materials can be identified by their mineralogical optical properties when Bulk Samples are collected during  the building survey and  then tested by our PLM lab.  

Chrysotile Asbestos seen under Scanning Electron Microscope

Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) can determine the elemental composition of a single Fiber