Sample Testing

Identifibre Pty Ltd is a National Association of Testing Authority (NATA) endorsed laboratory for analysis of bulk samples of building materials and soil samples for the presence of asbestos. With an experienced team of analysts we offer a variety of turnaround times to suit budget and time restrains. We understand asbestos is a hazardous material and can shut down work sites, so we endeavour to provide results in the quickest possible time.

Identifibre has an in-house NATA accredited laboratory with a team of experienced analysts for identification of asbestos type in material samples.

If you are concerned that a material in your home or workplace might contain asbestos, you should stop work and have a sample of the material analysed for the presence of asbestos. Identifibre makes this process easy, you can either;

Bring the sample into our office during business hours (Identifibre Pty Ltd, 67 Atherton Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166) or;

Post the sample double bagged in sealed zip lock bags, (please use the sample analysis request form) or;

We can arrange for a consultant to collect the sample from your work site or house (please note sample collection fee applies and please call the office to arrange collection).


We offer three asbestos sample analysis turnaround times to suit all budgets and time restrains;

  • Same day turnaround – $132.00
  • Next day turnaround – $99.00 and
  • Standard turnaround (results in approx. 1 week) – $77.00

all prices are per sample and include GST and all reporting.

A small sample is all that is required for analysis of most materials, approximately the size of a 20c piece, however asbestos isn’t evenly distributed in vinyl tiles so to get an accurate result a larger sample of approximately 10x10cm or the size of a business card is required.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was commonly used in building materials in Australia prior to the mid 1980’s. Building materials were manufactured with asbestos because of its flexibility, tensile strength, insulation from heat and electricity, chemical inertness and affordability.

Asbestos containing materials can be categorised as friable and non-friable. Non-friable asbestos, where it is mixed with other materials like cement, is the type most commonly found in our built environment. Friable asbestos materials are not bound in a stable matrix and are therefore more likely to release airborne asbestos fibre.

Both friable and non-friable asbestos materials pose a significant health risk to all workers and others if the materials are not properly maintained or removed carefully. Confirmation of the presence of asbestos in building materials can only be made by specific testing.

Common non-friable asbestos containing materials

Non-friable asbestos material means any asbestos-containing material that are bound within a stable matrix. Examples of non-friable asbestos include, but are not limited to, asbestos cement building products, vinyl floor tiles, friction materials, and any product where the asbestos is locked into the matrix. Where the matrix of the non-friable material significantly degenerates it would then be classified as a friable material.

Common friable asbestos containing materials

Friable asbestos materials means any material that contains asbestos and is loosely bound or can be easily crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry. Examples of friable asbestos include, but are not limited to, asbestos lagging, sprayed insulation and millboard.


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