Asbestos Sample Testing Melbourne

Melbourne’s Identifibre Pty Ltd stands out as a laboratory accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for conducting asbestos sample testing in both building materials and soil. Our skilled team of analysts is proficient in handling various testing timelines, accommodating different budgets and urgency levels. Recognizing the critical nature of asbestos as a hazard that can halt construction or renovation projects, we prioritize delivering swift results.

Should you suspect asbestos in any material at your home or workplace in Melbourne, it’s crucial to halt any ongoing work immediately. To confirm the presence of asbestos, Identifibre simplifies the process of obtaining and analyzing a sample from the site.

Bring It

Bring the sample/s, separately double bagged & labelled in sealed zip lock bags, into our office during business hours.

Street Address:
Identifibre Pty Ltd
67 Atherton Road,
Oakleigh VIC 3166

Post It

Complete the testing form & post the sample/s, separately double bagged & labelled in sealed zip lock bags.

Postal Address:
Identifibre Pty Ltd
67 Atherton Road,
Oakleigh VIC 3166

Collect It

Contact our office to arrange for a consultant to collect the sample/s from your work site or house (sample collection fee applies).

Phone Number:
(03) 9563 2957

For most materials we offer three turnaround times to suit all budget and time restraints:

  • Same day turnaround – $132.00
  • Next day turnaround – $99.00
  • Standard turnaround (up to 5 working days) – $77.00

Sample analysis for dust and soil is only available as a standard turnaround:

  • Dust standard turnaround – $99.00
  • Soil standard turnaround – $143.00

*Prices are per sample, 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 is not 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. For analysis of a soil sample, it is required that the sample does not exceed 150g in weight.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos, a natural mineral fibre, was a prevalent component in Australian construction materials before the mid-1980s. Its use was widespread due to its flexibility, strength, insulating properties, chemical resistance, and cost-effectiveness.

Materials containing asbestos are divided into two categories: friable and non-friable. Non-friable asbestos, often combined with substances like cement, is more commonly encountered in buildings. In contrast, friable asbestos, not bound in a solid matrix, can easily release airborne fibres.

Both friable and non-friable asbestos types present significant health hazards, especially if not maintained or removed correctly. Determining the presence of asbestos in materials requires specific sample testing in Melbourne.

Typical Non-Friable Asbestos Materials:

These materials contain asbestos fibres embedded within a stable matrix. Non-friable asbestos examples include, but are not limited to, asbestos cement products, vinyl floor tiles, friction materials, and other products where asbestos is firmly integrated into the material. If the matrix deteriorates significantly, these materials may become friable.

Typical Friable Asbestos Materials:

Friable asbestos materials are loosely composed and can be crumbled or reduced to powder easily by hand when dry. Such materials often include asbestos lagging, sprayed insulation, and millboard, among others.

SERVICES

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Asbestos Sample Testing

Identifibre is a National Association of Testing Authorities (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 restraints.

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Air Monitoring & Clearance Certificates

Identifibre provides all hygiene services required for asbestos removal works including air monitoring, visual inspections, clearance certificates and other services to ensure adequate control measures are in place before, during and after removal works.

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Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Management Plans

Identifibre can provide a complete asbestos management solution, incorporating the asbestos assessment and management plan framework adapted to your particular organisation structure.

Asbestos Sample Testing

Air Monitoring & Clearance Certificates

Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Management Plans

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Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Surveys & Risk Assessments

Identifibre’s Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Surveys and Risk Assessments (Division 6) detail the location and condition of asbestos and other hazardous materials that may be disturbed during demolition or refurbishment works on a building, structure, ship or plant where asbestos is fixed or installed.

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Asbestos in the Workplace Surveys & Risk Assessments

Identifibre can assist your workplace to comply with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Australian Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations by carrying out a Division 5 Asbestos in the Workplace Survey and Risk Assessment in a timely, accurate and cost effective manner.

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Asbestos Awareness Training

Identifibre’s asbestos awareness training course provides guidance on identifying asbestos containing materials and how to work safely where asbestos may be suspected or confirmed.

Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Surveys & Risk Assessments

Asbestos in the Workplace Surveys & Risk Assessments

Asbestos Awareness Training

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Project Management & Supervision

Identifibre can provide management assistance in all phases of asbestos abatement activities, from preparation of specifications through to project completion, including supervision and final clearance certification.

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Asbestos Contaminated Land Assessments

Asbestos is commonly found within soil and fill material associated with commercial or residential construction. Contact Identifibre for expert advice to investigate and assess the site, including soil, and develop appropriate risk management strategies.

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Respiratory Protection Fit Testing

All personnel who are required to remove or disturb asbestos-containing materials must use adequate respiratory protection for the task. Identifibre offer respiratory mask fit tests with all Identifibre fit testers RESP-Fit accredited.

Project Management & Supervision

Asbestos Contaminated Land Assessments

Respiratory Protection Fit Testing

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