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RSPH Level 3 Award in Asbestos
Bulk Analysis



The Control of Asbestos Regulations impose duties on every organisation who analyses samples for the identification of asbestos to be accredited by UKAS for this activity.

Laboratory analysts will need to be able to analyse and identify asbestos from within samples collected out on site in accordance with the procedures described in HSG248.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding to be able to carry out this role in the workplace. Possession of this qualification by staff will help organisations and companies meet the accreditation criteria for ISO17025 (testing bodies).

Who is it for?

This qualification is aimed at trainee laboratory analysts.

Candidates should have at least 6 months prior experience in bulk analysis within in active laboratory.



This is a level 3 qualification.



4 days.


The qualification consists of three units:

  1. Asbestos types, uses, health effects and legislation

  2. Theory and equipment used in asbestos bulk analysis

  3. Perform bulk analysis of asbestos samples



Attainment of the Learning Outcomes for Units 1 and 2 will be assessed by a written examination.


Attainment of the Learning Outcomes for Unit 3 will be assessed by a practical examination which will include tasks for each of the assessment criteria for these units, and oral questioning during the practical.


Part of the assignment comprises the analysis of 6 No. AIMS samples.


Written and practical examinations will be set and marked by the centre and will be externally verified by RSPH.




In order to be awarded the certificate candidates must achieve the learning outcomes for all units.

Candidates who successfully achieve all units will receive a RPSH Level 3 Award in Asbestos Bulk Analysis certificate.

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