DIY Asbestos Test Kits
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Professional Asbestos Testing

When suspecting the presence of asbestos in properties under your care, it’s vital to accurately identify the extent, condition, and location of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). A critical step in this process is asbestos testing. While exploring options, you might encounter two distinct methods: professional asbestos testing services and home testing kits.

 

Understanding Asbestos Testing Kits

Typically, asbestos testing kits are designed for initial sample collection rather than comprehensive testing. They often include protective gear like disposable overalls, gloves, safety glasses, and masks, alongside sample bags and cleaning wipes. 

Why Identifibre Advises Against Home Testing Kits

  • Increased Risk of Disturbance: DIY kits can inadvertently lead to the release of asbestos fibres, heightening the risk of inhalation or ingestion. This could potentially lead to severe health issues, including lung cancer or mesothelioma.
  • Difficulty in Detection: Asbestos fibres, often intertwined with other materials and microscopic in size, are challenging to identify without professional training.
  • Complexity of Safe Sampling: Untrained individuals may struggle to follow stringent safety protocols, increasing the risk of exposure.
  • Post-testing Sealing: After sampling, it’s crucial to seal the tested area effectively to prevent fibre release, a process that might be overlooked in DIY testing.

Benefits of Professional Asbestos Testing with Identifibre

  • Safety Assurance: Professional testing minimizes the risk of fiber disturbance through controlled sampling processes.
  • Accurate Results: Skilled technicians use advanced equipment and techniques, ensuring representative sampling and reliable analysis.
  • Long-term Cost-effectiveness: While home kits might seem economical, professional testing offers value through accurate, safe, and comprehensive analysis, potentially saving significant future costs associated with asbestos-related health issues.
  • Accredited Quality: Identifibre, as an accredited asbestos testing facility, brings a systematic approach to identify ACMs across your property, assuring thoroughness and quality.

Pricing and Comprehensive Services

The cost of professional asbestos testing varies based on several factors, including the type of samples, the number of samples, the urgency of the results and property location. Whilst the most cost effective option is to deliver the samples directly to our office, Identifibre can safely collect samples from site providing a comprehensive testing service.

In many cases, a complete asbestos survey might be more cost-effective than one-off testing. Our team offers comprehensive asbestos management services, tailored to ensure your safety and compliance with regulations. For more information about our services, feel free to reach out for a detailed, competitive quote.

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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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