double-bagged sample of vermiculite

Asbestos test results

You may recall that work stopped in my room because of possible asbestos contamination. Awooga awooga, and so on, and I sought professional help.

Preparation of the sample

I braved the loft opening in my room and, holding my breath, I plucked a piece of vermiculite from the layer of it acting as our loft insulation. I deposited it in a sealable plastic bag. I sealed the bag. I put the sealed bag in another sealable plastic bag and sealed that bag.

double-bagged sample of vermiculiteI wrote a note explaining the sample of vermiculite, and popped the bag and the note in an envelope. I addressed the envelope and sealed it.

I took the envelope to the Post Office, hoping they wouldn’t ask what was in it. I sent it recorded delivery, as required, and crossed my fingers the results would be negative for asbestos.

And the results are in

Just over a week later, I received an email with a certificate of results for my sample. The result was NADIS.

I didn’t know what that meant. Luckily, a footnote told me what it meant. It meant no asbestos detected in sample.


I took this to be a negative result, and that we are asbestos free. Hurrah!

Now I just have to work out what to do with all that vermiculite while I replace the ceiling. Bin bags?

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