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Asbestos Testing Insights 2023

Introduction

As 2023 comes to a close we take a look at this year's data from our asbestos testing database and provide you with the insights.

Who Are We?

Asbestos-sampling.com is the UK's leading asbestos testing kit provider, allowing consumers to take a sample of suspect material and send it off for testing to our dedicated UKAS-accredited laboratory. All reports are confidential and not shared with any 3rd parties giving our customers piece of mind and autonomy to test suspect materials around their properties. Our data is therefore unbiased.

Data Source

The data used within this article is based on, a sample size of 5,338 asbestos samples. We feel this data size gives an accurate representation of asbestos testing in the UK in 2023. 

The Data

What is the most common material tested for asbestos?

Our data reveals that the most tested material from our data set was Artex (Otherwise referred to as Textured Coating). Artex accounts for a staggering 60% of samples submitted to us in 2023.

Type % of Total Samples Submitted
AIB 14%
Artex 60%
Cement Pipes 1%
Cement Roofing 9%
Floor Tiles 10%
Insulation 6%

Which Materials Are Most Likely To Contain Asbestos?

We now look at the percentage of samples which came back positive (asbestos fibres found within the sample submitted). This data gives us an idea of the likelihood that a certain material type containes asbestos. Our data shows that Cement roofing products are the most likely to contain asbestos with over 64% of samples returning positive results (sample contains asbestos fibres)

Type

Positive Samples

AIB

32%

Artex

17%

Cement Pipe

57%

Cement Roofing

64%

Floor Tiles

43%

Insulation

2%

Which Regions Contains The Most Asbestos

The below data breaks down positive samples by region. For example In the East Midland 29% of AIB (insulation board) samples came back positive and 48% of floor tile samples came back positive.

Region AIB Artex Cement Roofing Floor Tiles Insulation
East Midlands 29% 14% 57% 48% 0%
East of England 45% 31% 83% 53% 0%
Greater London 35% 21% 54% 40% 3%
North East 29% 21% 73% 29% 8%
North West 32% 17% 64% 36% 6%
Scotland 43% 13% 69% 41% 5%
South East 39% 28% 64% 57% 0%
South West 44% 27% 70% 44% 0%
Wales 31% 28% 81% 44% 0%
West Midlands 43% 17% 67% 58% 4%

 

  • Sample size of less than 10 has been ignored
  • Types where the average sample size is less than 5 have been ignored

Summary

  • Out of 5,338 samples analysed, 30.4% (1622) tested positive for asbestos, whilst 69.6% (3716) tested negative (no asbestos detected).
  • Artex / Textured Coatings are the most tested sample type.
  • Cement Pipes are the least tested sample type.
  • Cement Roofing samples are the most likely to be positive.
  • Insulation samples are the least likely to be positive (however they are one of the highest risk product types)