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Dr Garry Burdett

Garry Burdett

Asbestos and Fibres

Dr Garry Burdett is an internationally recognised specialist in fibre/asbestos sampling and analysis, and has authored numerous reports and papers relating to the assessment of environmental asbestos levels.

Garry has worked extensively on international committees dealing with asbestos for organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the International Programme on Chemical Safety and the International Standards Organisation. He is currently the chair of HSE's Committee of Fibre Measurement.

Garry is a nominated analyst for a number of UKAS-accredited asbestos analysis methods based on scanning and transmission electron microscopy, including the TEM analysis of lung tissue samples. He has been involved in the development of various methods and strategies for asbestos monitoring, ranging from the contamination of pharmaceutical drugs to the assessment of asbestos contaminated land and releases from waste sites.

Garry's current research interests include:

- measurement of asbestos body burdens amongst asbestos removal workers
- assessment of the potential risk of new fibres and airborne asbestos releases during the removal and demolition of asbestos coatings
- methods for monitoring of asbestos in bulk substances
- development of standard reference materials for asbestos in lung analysis.

Please follow this link to our asbestos, fibres and dusts page for information on current analytical services.

Contact Dr Garry Burdett


  • HSL manages a number of proficiency testing schemes relating to asbestos and fibre analysis. Asbestos reference materials are also available to purchase.


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