The laboratory extends the accreditation with two methods

We have now extended our accreditation in Chemistry and Environmental Technology to include the methods analysis of chemical composition of steel, and analysis of the presence of asbestos in solid materials.

Safe Control Material Technology AB is accredited according to SS-EN ISO 17025. The company has been accredited for mechanical testing, metallographic investigations and corrosion tests for a many years.

We are one of the few independent laboratories in Sweden that are accredited.

Catarina Wernlund, Marketing Manager:
- For our customers, we create greater security since an accreditation guarantees reliability when it comes to analyzes and test responses. For us, accredition becomes a way of showing quality and our competence and thereby we can maintain and strengthen our competitveness.

Accreditation: Analysis of chemical composition of steel

Chemical composition analysis is performed for quality assurance of a material, if it meets the specified requirements in different contexts, for example in supply controls, production, prior to welding of materials, for analysis of materials in older construction and in connection with accident investigations and breakdown testing.

By using an optical emission spectrometer (OES) we can analyze a metallic material with respect to its chemical composition. By calibrating the instrument with a variety of known certified reference materials, the analysis shows the contents of the constituent elements, for example carbon, silicon, chromium and nickel. The result will be compared against a standard or certificate to see if the material meets the specific requirements.

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Accreditation: Qualitative asbestos analysis in solid materials

An analysis of the presence of asbestos is performed to determine whether a material contains health-hazardous, carcinogenic asbestos fibers. In order to ensure a safe working environment, an inventory, with regard to environmental and health hazardous substances, must be made before renovation or demolition is started. If a material shows the presence of asbestos, it must not be processed or torn, without permission from the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket), because of the risk of releasing the hazardous fibers. Material containing asbestos fibers must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

For analysis, a phase contrast polarized light microscope (PLM) is used. In the microscopic examination of a material (tile with fix and joint, mats with glue, insulation, wall plates, and so on), the sample is analyzed for the presence of fibers. The particular appearance and properties of asbestos fibers can be determined by using specific embedding fluids with a specific refractive index for each type of asbestos.

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What is accreditation?

Accreditation is an international system with common EU legislation. According to the EU, each country should have a national accreditation body designated by its government. The Swedish body is SWEDAC.

In Sweden, laboratories, certification and control bodies who assess goods and services that meet the standard requirements of the legislation that are accredited. To be able to trust that the assessments are made in an indpendent and competent manner, SWEDAC issues accreditations and supervises them.

More information about Safe Control Material Technology's quality system and scope of accreditation »