MATERIALS CONTAINING ASBESTOSIntroduction to asbestos-containing materials

The cost-effectiveness and versatility of use of asbestos meant that between 1950 and 1970 the use and marketing of this material was at its boom. Only in 1992, Law of 27 March 1992 no. 257 prohibited its use and marketing in Italy. Today, the Ministerial Decree 06.09.94 regulates and establishes the methods to be applied to the analysis and remediation programmes of sites contaminated by asbestos.

The boom of the 50s and 70s led to the use of asbestos in the most diverse activities, from construction to the manufacture of objects, thermal insulation ropes and cartons. This means that the need for remediation of many sites is still high.

In addition to the traditional solid elements known as asbestos-containing materials (CEMs), the search for asbestos is now regulated by the consolidated environmental law also covering aqueous elements and soils.


The most requested analyses for the determination of asbestos divide into the determination of the presence/ absence of asbestos in surfaces, fragments or portions of material (fibre cement, glass wool, linoleum, roofs, plasterboard) and assessment of the chemical risk from asbestos in the workplace through environmental sampling in the workplace. The most commonly used determination techniques are Phase Contrast Optical Microscope (MOCF), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), FT-IR spectrophotometer and X-ray diffractometry (DRX).

The Stante Chemical Laboratories also provide sampling services, both for solid elements and for air, and assessments of roofing.

Laboratori Chimici Stante srl is qualified by the Ministry of Health with no. 83EMR9 as a suitable laboratory for the determination of asbestos fibres with SEM, MOCF and FTIR techniques.


  • Ministerial Decree 06/09/1994 “Technical regulations and methodologies for the application of art. 6, paragraph 3, and art. 12, paragraph 2, of the law of 27 March 1992, no. 257, relating to the cessation of the use of asbestos” (Ord.Supplement OJ of 10.12.94 no. 288)
  • “Guidelines for the assessment of the conservation status of Asbestos-Cement Roofs and for risk assessment” Department of Health Policies – Public Health Service, Emilia Romagna Region
  • Legislative Decree 81/2008 and subsequent amendments.

MATERIALS CONTAINING ASBESTOSHow to present the sample in the Laboratory

In the case of manufactured products: during the collection, handle the object with caution using gloves and protective respiratory masks with an adequate degree of protection in accordance with Legislative Decree 81/08. 81/08. The sample must be stored in closed containers or bags (double bag) and insulated so as not to allow the possible fibres to disperse. In the case of aerially dispersed fibres: the sampling medium (filter) must be stored in the sampling cylinders or filter holder boxes. If visibly dirty, keep the filters in a flat position so that the filtrate remains deposited on the filter and does not disperse into the container.

Each sample delivered to the laboratory must be accompanied by the accompanying document, without which the Laboratory will not proceed with the acceptance of the sample.

This document can be completed at the time of delivery of the sample to the Laboratory.
However, to speed up the sample acceptance procedure, please download the form by clicking on the button below