Rapidly expanding Asbestos Audit Ltd, has appointed Kieran Hunt as laboratory manager of its new, asbestos laboratory, located at its headquarters in Peterlee.

He is joined by another new recruit, Keren Hague, who takes up an asbestos analyst role, working closely with Kieran.

Asbestos Audit operates from 13 offices across the UK, providing UKAS accredited asbestos surveys, inspections, removal and testing. The company also has a rapidly growing demolition department that includes soft strip out and salvage.

The laboratory will be capable of handling all types of suspect asbestos materials, with capacity to expand as demand grows. It will examine and test samples to identify if asbestos is present and also carry out analysis to determine the type of asbestos fibre within the material.

Asbestos Audit currently offers asbestos surveys working to UKAS ISO:17020 accreditation with additional planned services for 2024 including bulk sample analysis testing, asbestos air monitoring and clearance air monitoring working to UKAS ISO:17025.

Kieran, said: “Demand for asbestos testing continues to grow rapidly amongst Asbestos Audit’s growing, national customer base. The laboratory will give us the capacity to identify asbestos containing materials urgently and provide the analysis results the same day. This will significantly reduce the waiting times associated with independent laboratories, enable us to provide a more efficient service and add an additional layer of quality control to the business.”

  • Ben Pickard, director at Asbestos Audit, said: “We’re excited to welcome Kieran and Keren to our team, who bring the level of expertise we need as we embark on a rapid scale-up of asbestos testing via the new laboratory. The investment is in line with strategic growth plans in place to enable Asbestos Audit to become a national consultancy over the next four years.”