The only way to tell whether building material within your house or commercial building contains asbestos is to undertake testing by an accredited laboratory to the Australian Standard AS 4964. The material testing is also commonly referred to as Bulk Fibre Identification.
Testing is conducted using two types a stereo microscope to identify fibres and then a Polarising Light Microscope (PLM). The testing confirms that the fibres are composed of structured crystal lattice that exhibits a refractive index within a specified range.
The reported results will identify whether the material may contain Chrysotile, Amosite or Crocidolite, or whether the testing does not detect any Asbestos Containing Material (ACM).
Please ensure that the asbestos testing laboratory is accredited by NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities). Most state and commonwealth legislation specifies that the report be NATA endorsed. This ensures that the laboratory is the highest quality and that the report can be relied upon.
Air testing can be conducted which measures the concentration of fibres within the air. This testing is conducted to determine any exposure and also assesses whether control measures are effective during removal work.
The air testing uses pumps which draw air through filter and the filter is then viewed under a Phase Contrast Microscope (PCM). The test protocol requires that only fibres that are greater than five microns long and less than three microns thick are assessed.
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Asbestos Testing through Fibre Identification or Air Testing
If you are concerned about whether you may be exposed to airborne fibres call us now. We can either come to your house or workplace to take a sample for analysis, or we can assist in providing you information for sampling the suspected ACM sample for yourself safety to be submitted to our laboratory.
Safe Environments reports to the Australian Standard AS 4964 Method for the qualitative identification of asbestos in bulk samples. If you take your health seriously, work with the serious experts: the NATA symbol is your assurance that you are dealing with the experts in the field.
The report will also identify the material contains Chrysotile, Amosite or Crocidolite asbestos as well as if there were also any organic or synthetic mineral fibres (SMF).
Air Monitoring Services & Clearance Inspections
Air monitoring services are provided when assessing control methods during asbestos removal, both Friable and Non-Friable (Bonded). With NSW & ACT licenced asbestos assessors and occupational hygienists at disposal to meet your needs, you’ll be in in safe hands.
Following asbestos removal works, we can provide NATA accredited clearance inspections, providing you with a certificate to ensure compliance with Workplace Health & Safety legislation.