Why you should purchase a self-test legionella kit.

Here at Enviorchem, we have recently launched a range of self-test kits to help keep you safe and make it easier for you to test for harmful substances in your home or workplace. Our wide range covers a multitude of various substances, including Legionella, and comes with all the necessary equipment and safety measures needed, so it’s super quick and easy to test for it yourself.

When it comes to the water we use everyday, it’s important to ensure that it’s safe enough to be used and consumed and to make sure it poses the least risk of immediate or long-term harm.

Legionella is a bacteria which, if left in favourable conditions, can cause Legionnaire’s disease. The bacteria can be found in areas like cooling towers, spa pools and showers, among other places. It can be hard to know when water isn’t quite right without organising proper testing. Our self-test kits allow you to take a sample of the water to send to us for testing.

In our kits you will find specialist water sample bottles, a sample submission form, and easy ­to-follow detailed instructions of how to take the sample yourself. They’re quick, safe and easy ­to-use.

If you’re concerned about water quality or the presence of legionella, you can order a self-test kit from the Envirochem website today. And, our expert team is always on hand if you need more information or would prefer for someone to attend a site to take samples for you.

Below are the links to purchase any of our self test kits or if you prefer to visit our website – https://envirochem.co.uk/shop/products



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Why you should purchase a self-test asbestos kit.

Here at Envirochem we’ve recently introduced our very own range of self-test kits for a range of different substances such as Asbestos, Lead in Paint, Legionella and more.

We always want your safety to be a priority and to make sure the process of checking for harmful substances is as straight forward as possible. Whether it’s at work or in your home, we understand that it’s not always easy to know where to start if you’re worried about asbestos. Our self-test kits are easy to use, come with all the necessary protective equipment and instructions and can be returned back to us for analysis. If needed, we can let you know feedback and results in just four hours!

Everyone knows that the presence of asbestos is definitely something you don’t want lurking around your home or workplace. With the release of our new self-test kits it’s never been easier to take a sample of an area you think may have asbestos and get it tested by us so you can get on with your day-to-day life.

Our self-sampling kit will enable you to take a sample, safely, from a material you suspect contains asbestos. The substance can be found in a number of materials, and it is commonplace in buildings built prior to 1980. It can be found in anything from corrugated cement and internal cladding panels to window sills, walls and boards. It is always safest to check whether asbestos is present before making any changes to a building.

If you’re considering renovating your home or workspace, make sure you order one of our self-test kits today to ensure the process is as safe as possible. Alternatively, our expert team is always on hand to attend a site and take samples for you. For more information, get in touch with one of our experts today.

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Introducing our new self-sample asbestos testing kits!

Envirochem are please to introduce our new safe, cost-effective self-sample asbestos testing kits.

Each kit comes with all the personal protective equipment (PPE) you will need to safely take samples of suspect asbestos containing material from your property. The Kits have a set of easy to follow instructions, and return packaging. The samples will then be analysed in our own in-house UKAS accredited 17025 Laboratory. Once the samples are received back to the lab, we can get the report issued to you within 4 hours if you request.

Please see below to purchase them and for all the details of the self sampling kit

What can I expect to get in the kit?

  • Disposable FFP3 flat fold face mask, coveralls and gloves
  • Cleaning wipes to ensure sample tools are kept clean
  • Labelled grip lock Polythene sample bags
  • Sample submission form
  • Detailed and easy-to-follow instructions


What samples can I take?

The self sampling kit enables you to safely take a sample(s) from a material you suspect may be containing asbestos, materials include;

  • Corrugated cement
  • Walls and boards
  • External cladding panels
  • Soffit, fascia and rainwater goods
  • Window sills
  • Textured coatings
  • Many more… all explained in the kit.

For more information and full details of places asbestos could be, please see the website below;

http://www.hse.gov.uk/ asbestos/building.htm


Once the samples are received, they are analysed in our own in-house UKAS accredited 17025 Laboratory. With results available four hours from being received if requested.


Need any more advice

Our in-house laboratory staff is always on hand to help answer any questions you may have either by phone or email;


If you’d like to know more about our kits or how to order one give us a call on 01329 287777 or send us an email at office@envirochem.co.uk. Alternatively you can fill out the form below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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We recommend dropping the samples back to us or sending the samples to us via courier.


Meet one of our Asbestos Team


Introducing Emily Nixon (always with a new hair colour!) who is one of our female scientists here in the lab at Envirochem. She has a passion for drawing and painting and loves spending quality time with her friends while trying to go and see as many live bands as she possibly can.


Emily graduated from the University of Cumbria in 2017 after studying Forensic and Investigative Science. Like most fresh-faced uni grad’s, she applied for a variety of graduate jobs after leaving the North but found she was the ideal candidate for a role advertised at Envirochem that piqued her interest – and she must be having a good time as she’s been there ever since!


Her job role at Envirochem is an Asbestos Bulk Analyst which involves spending the majority of her working day analysing a variety of different samples of asbestos, identifying what elements of asbestos have been found, or not found within the sample, and understanding and demonstrating the implications this may have for the client who brought in the sample.


She said: “Working at Envirochem is great. I really love the people I work with, and the variety of work keeps the job so interesting”.


Emily makes sure every sample she looks at is properly identified and tested to make sure there are no health and safety issues surrounding the items… even if they might be slightly unusual!


She mentioned: “We recently had a gas mask that was used in the second world war brought in for testing which was definitely the most unusual sample I’ve ever looked at.


“The mask ended up testing positive for chrysotile (white asbestos that is the most commonly encountered form of asbestos, accounting for approximately 95% of the asbestos found), which many gas masks from that era have also turned up with the same result.”


It’s still quite unusual for female scientists to be thought of in relation to asbestos testing and analysis, which Emily feels very strongly about.


She said: “I could probably write an entire essay on that subject.


“I think there’s a general movement at the moment that is pushing forward the acknowledgement and the idea of women in science which is really exciting.


“I’m part of the generation where they began to push girls to pursue careers in science so it’s great to see more and more women have various roles in science based jobs.


“Saying this, there is still a long way to go before we’re in a time where men and women in science are both celebrated equally.”


Emily’s success story is hope for the future that women in STEM can make it in larger corporations such as this one and, not only that, really enjoy the work they do and have a fun time doing it.


If you’d like to get in contact with the Asbestos Testing team then contact: 01329 287 777 or office@envirochem.co.uk.

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World War 2 Gas Masks

We recently helped a client who had purchased a World War 2 gas mask, who was concerned that it may contain asbestos.

Warnings by the HSE have been issued in the past warning schools and the public that gas masks and helmets and the related equipment should not be handled or worn, as they may contain harmful asbestos and other harmful toxins. Over time the masks condition deteriorates allowing the fibres to become loose and free.

Advice from The Health and Safety Executive to schools and public is to destroy or make safe (by a licensed contractor) the artefacts following tests to look for asbestos fibres.

For more information please visit the HSE website or contact ourselves if you have any concerns.

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Envirochem now offer UKAS accredited quantification of asbestos in soil. 
Analysis will identify:
  • The presence of asbestos
  • The asbestos product type
  • The percentage of asbestos present within the sample
  • Documented values to enable the client to interpret the results to their specific requirements

Analysis will enable the end user to:

  •  Assist with the determination of the Waste Acceptance Criteria
  •  Identify potential for asbestos exposure adjacent to contaminated land
  •  Identify the total percentage of asbestos present in the sample

Prices start from £25.00 (+VAT)

Asbestos Fibre Identification in accordance with our UKAS accreditation and HSG 248.

Asbestos Fibre Identification in accordance with our UKAS accreditation and HSG 248.


Envirochem offers a competitive Asbestos Fibre Identification service returning results by email within 24 hours in most cases.

In the United Kingdom, the three most common forms of asbestos are chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue). They are found in common building materials such as insulation board panels, spray coating, bonded cements, gaskets, insulation, textured coatings and vinyl flooring.

Samples can be delivered to our laboratory, or collected by our analysts.

An Asbestos Fibre Identification certificate is produced for each batch of samples analysed, which is available most commonly in PDF format via email.

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Exposure to asbestos a major risk on farms

Here is a useful article from the HSE regarding asbestos exposure on Farms;


On most farms building work, whether it be demolishing a building a re-erecting a building there is a major risk of asbestos exposure. All work that involves these risks needs to be carried out with the proper controls in place.

The above link as a lot of helpful information and guidance, including a publication on managing asbestos in premises and safe construction controls.


For all of our asbestos services from sampling, surveys to air monitoring, please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

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School Closure due to Asbestos Discovery

St James Catholic School in Millom will remain closed until next Monday, when the school should have returned this week, after discovering asbestos following some building work.

For the full story please click here.

For all our asbestos surveying and testing services please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below.


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What to do if you find asbestos in your house

If the case is you are living in a house which was constructed before 1980, there is a high chance it will have asbestos in it. Unfortunately, asbestos fibres are so fine (700-1000 times finer than that of hair) they are not visible through naked eyes. Therefore the only way to identify them, or find out whether your house actually has asbestos, is to look for probable places asbestos was used and then consult a laboratory and licensed inspector to test it.

If you are suspicious of asbestos being present in your house and want to test for asbestos in your home, call a licensed asbestos inspector. Here at Envirochem will can come out to your property and take a sample of any suspicious material. They will also advise you to take precautions while it is done, such as removing furniture, etc. The sample is  then tested in our UKAS accredited laboratory for asbestos. On our website is also helpful links to where asbestos may be in a domestic house.


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