Asbestos Sample Analysis & Identification of Asbestos Type
Be assured that the material present at your property or workplace does not contain Asbestos.
HSE Australia’s NATA accredited laboratory analyses samples to determine the presence and identify the type of Asbestos.
Please note: Under Australian Workplace Health and Safety regulations suspect asbestos-containing material must be assumed to contain asbestos until cleared through testing at a NATA accredited laboratory. It is simply not enough to guess.
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 or workplace contains Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), it is a requirement to know before demolition or renovation proceeds. Take samples and get them tested.
However, it is important to take adequate steps towards reducing the risk of exposure for anyone present while the sample is taken. If collecting a sample of building material such as fibre cement sheet, there are some important steps to follow:
- put on gloves and respiratory protective equipment (RPE/Mask).
- wet the area you want to extract material from.
- sample (break off) a piece approximately the size of a 20 cent piece.
- double bag the sample in sealable plastic sandwich bags.
- label the bag with the sample type and location, e.g., “fibre cement from ceiling tiles, 1 floor, office 1”.
- drop it into our Adelaide or Perth office and complete a Chain of Custody document and your contact details.
- Payment is required before the report is issued.
*Please note that additional costs may apply for 24/7 testing and 24hr reporting
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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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.
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