Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was previously widely used due to its range of outstanding properties (fire resistance, insulation, chemical resistance, strength). It was only much later that the considerable health risks became apparent, as serious illnesses did not occur until decades later. Thus, it was not until 1993 that the production and use of asbestos was banned in Germany. As a result, large quantities of asbestos are still present in existing building materials. This becomes problematic in the case of renovations and the disposal of materials, where asbestos fibres are released or waste that contains asbestos has to be disposed of properly.

We at the SGS site in Dresden have more than 30 years of experience in the field of asbestos analysis. Unlike many other laboratories, we can offer almost all relevant services which are accredited according to the applicable standards. We will be happy to advise you to ensure your compliance with legal regulations.

Our Services

  • Analysis of building material samples, such as roofing felt, Eternit panels, plaster and filler compounds, fibre cement, fire protection and insulation materials, and asphalt, for the presence of asbestos
  • Analysis of other material samples, such as dusts, powder, powder and talc samples, etc.
  • Determination of the asbestos fibre concentration in air samples, e.g. for checking remediation work
  • Support for control and remediation measures to protect health through routine testing for asbestos
  • Identification of the type of asbestos and determination of the amount of asbestos in the samples tested
  • Checking for the presence of respirable fibre components in man-made mineral fibres (KMF) and determination of the KI index (carcinogenicity index) in accordance with TRGS 905
  • If necessary, detailed phase analysis using RAMAN, FT-IR and XRD

Examples From the Field



KMF Air filter sample

KMF Detection of thin fibres (WHO)

Further Information On Asbestos (German)

Standard Extract

Accredited according to:

BIA 7487
Method for the analytical determination of low-mass contents of asbestos fibres in powders and dusts with SEM/EDX
BGI/GUV-I 505-46
Method for the separate determination of concentrations of respirable inorganic fibres in working areas – Scanning electron microscopy method (from Chapter 2, Section 2.3)
VDI 3492
Measurement of indoor air pollution – Measurement of emissions – Measurement of inorganic fibrous particles – Scanning electron microscopic method
VDI 3861 Sheet 2
Measurement of emissions – Measurement of inorganic fibrous particles in flowing clean gas – Scanning electron microscopy method (analytics only)
VDI 3866 Sheet 1
Determination of asbestos in technical products – Basics – Taking and preparation of samples
VDI 3866 Sheet 5
Determination of asbestos in technical products – Scanning electron microscopy method
VDI 3877 Sheet 1
Measurement of indoor contamination – Measurement of fibre dust deposited on surfaces – Sampling and analysis (SEM/EDXA)
House procedure SOP M 935
Examination of artificial mineral fibres (KMF) for classification according to TRGS 905
House procedure SOP M 2903
Examination of contact samples for asbestos using scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis

Certificate No. D-PL-14115-02-10

Accredited procedures at our location in Dresden (in German)


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Königsbrücker Landstr. 161
01109 Dresden

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