Asbestos Testing & Identification

HSE Australia’s NATA accredited laboratory conducts asbestos testing for public and private organisations across Australia.

Asbestos was once used extensively in domestic and commercial buildings. Although asbestos-containing materials were banned in 2003, asbestos can still be found in locations constructed before that date. As a result, it is still possible to encounter materials that contain asbestos when demolishing or renovating older properties.

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Laboratory Asbestos Sample Analysis Testing HSE Australia

Sample Analysis & Identification of Asbestos

Workplace health and safety regulations specify that suspect asbestos-containing material must be assumed to contain asbestos until tested in a NATA accredited laboratory.
Examples of asbestos containing material include fibre cement sheet materials, floor coverings, insulation materials, roof cladding, electrical backing boards, gasket and friction materials, plus mastics, fillers and putties.

If you suspect your property contains asbestos-containing material, it is necessary to get it tested before demolition or renovation. If collecting a sample of building material such as fibre cement sheet, there are some important steps to follow:

  1. put on gloves and respiratory protective equipment (RPE/Mask).
  2. wet the area you want to extract material from.
  3. sample (break off) a piece approximately the size of a 20 cent piece.
  4. double bag the sample in sealable plastic sandwich bags.
  5. label the bag with the sample type and location, e.g., “fibre cement from ceiling tiles, 1 floor, office 1”.
  6. drop it into our Adelaide or Perth office and complete a Chain of Custody document and your contact details.
  7. Payment is required before the report is issued.
NATA Laboratory in Adelaide South Australia

Sample Analysis of potentially Asbestos Containing Material

HSE Australia operate a NATA accredited laboratory in Adelaide to provide asbestos identification services. We are able to analyse large numbers of samples and provide a report of the identification usually within 24 hours.

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Frequently asked Questions

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Yes, please drop-off your (properly sealed) samples personally during office hours. For afterhours, please drop-off sufficiently labelled samples along with your contact details into our mailbox.

Simply take a small sample the size of a 50 cent piece and drop it off at our location for lab analysis. 

1. Prepare your personal protection equipment (PPE). You will need:

    • A P2 grade disposable respirator (mask)
    • A pair of disposable gloves
  • Prepare your sampling kit. You will need:
    • Two sealable plastic bags (e.g. sandwich bags)
    • A tool to take and hold a small sample ( approx. 50 cent piece)
    • A plastic rubbish bag to dispose the PPE.

2. Take your sample:

  • Put on your PPE and assure that the mask fits tightly and offers adequate seal
  • While trying to disturb the potentially Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) as little as possible, take a sample the size of a 50 cent piece. 
    Try not to touch the sample with your hands!
  • Open up one plastic bag a little. Put your asbestos sample into the plastic bag and seal it. Don’t let the air “puff out”, air contamination might occur.
  • Put the first bag into the second bag and seal it.
  • Slowly remove your PPE and put it in the rubbish bag. Seal the rubbish bag and dispose it.

 

If not urgent, please allow 3-5 working days. If urgent, we can provide you with an analysis report within 24 hours.

The cost for sample analysis and asbestos identification depends on multiple factors such as number of sample analysed. Residential clients should budget around $100 for a single sample analysis.

No. We mainly work with companies and corporates; however, we are happy to analyse samples for residential clients as well.

To put it simply, asbestos is a rock forming silicate. The most common silicate is quartz. However, asbestos is special because it is not solid but consisting of fibres. These fibres, once disturbed or broken down can become a health hazard.

Unfortunately, yes. Asbestos was used over many years and in over 3000 products and applications.

Asbestos can be found anywhere in a property. Asbestos was used in over 3000 building materials until it was banned.

Asbestos must be removed by a certified professional and air monitoring must be done during the removal process.

HSE Australia offers services in areas such as auditing, sampling, analysis and project management and helps clients in various industries to project manage asbestos removal projects.

Asbestos is usually found in compound materials. Therefore, Asbestos testing can only be done in a NATA accredited Laboratory.

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