Asbestos 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.

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. 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.

 

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, 2/207 Warrigal Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166) or;
• Post the sample double bagged in sealed zip lock bags, (please use the form below and we will email you a sample analysis request form) or;
• We can arrange for a consultant to collect the sample from your work site or house, please use the form at the bottom of the page to arrange a sample collection, or contact our office during business hours (03) 9570 1555.

 

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. 3-5 days) – $77.00

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

 

If you would like to post in a sample, please fill in the form below and we will email you a sample analysis request form, which you enclose with the sample(s) when posting.

 

We pride ourselves on being a leader in the industry on timely delivery results for analysis of asbestos materials.

 

Common asbestos containing materials

Asbestos materials can be categorised into two groups friable and non-friable.

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.

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.

Common asbestos containing materials are pictured below;

Cement sheet:

Usage: various uses such as cladding and underlay in construction. Chemical, heat, moisture and pest resistant.

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Vinyl tile

Usage: commonly used as floor and wall coverings.

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Low density fibre board (Asbestolux)

Usage: commonly used as interior fire resistant ceiling sheeting and upper wall linings.

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Black tar electrical board (Zelemite)

Usage: commonly used as a backing board for electrical components, i.e. switchboards, fuse panels, gauges etc. found in domestic and commercial premises.

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Limpet (Blue Asbestos)

Usage: provides fire protection on beams, walls, ceilings, and penetrations. Might provide sound insulation.

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Sheet vinyl floor covering with millboard backing

Usage: floor and bench top covering.

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Block insulation / lagging

Usage: provides heat insulation for pipes and vessels, more commonly found in industrial properties.

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Corrugated cement sheet

Usage: primarily used as roof and external wall cladding throughout industrial and residential buildings.

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Tile Adhesive (Blackjack glue)

Usage: commonly used as a vinyl tile adhesive.

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Woven asbestos rope/cloth

Usage: flexible heat and electrical insulation barrier. Wide application. Can commonly be found lining older ceramic electrical fuses.

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Millboard

Usage: provides heat and chemical resistance, and non-conductive seal in electrical components. This sample was taken from the back of an electrical switchboard.

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Limpet (Brown Asbestos)

Usage: provides fire protection on beams, walls, ceilings, and penetrations. Might provide sound insulation.

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Compressed gaskets

Usage: provides heat and chemical resistance within pipework flange joins.

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Vermiculite

Usage: provides fire rated insulation in industrial and commercial buildings. Might also be used as a decorative finish to ceilings.

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Asbestos cement

Usage: heat resistant filling material for building penetrations and voids. Also used as a fire rating material on critical building fittings.

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Laminated cement sheet

Usage: decorative cladding used in domestic construction, commonly in wet areas.

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Fire door core insulation

Usage: fire rated insulation lining present within fire doors. Doors may have several different layers.

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Bituminous membrane (malthoid)

Usage: prevents water movement across the membrane. Might be present on building roofs, as a lining inside tanks or around buried pipework or structures.

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Limpet (White Asbestos)

Usage: provides fire protection on beams, walls, ceilings, and penetrations. Might provide sound insulation.

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Mastic sealant

Usage: joint sealant within building structures, air conditioning plant and ductwork.

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Asbestos coated metal sheet (Galbestos)

Usage: Galvanised iron sheets with a coating of asbestos on each side. commonly used as external roof and wall cladding.

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To arrange for a sample collection or ask any further questions please fill in the form below. You can expect to hear from us within 24 hours.

 

Scope of Accreditation

NATA Laboratory Accreditation Number: 15132

 

7.82 Workplace Environment and Hazards

.31 Asbestos Fibre Identification

Qualitative identification in bulk samples

Analysis by Polarised Light Microscopy (including dispersion staining) techniques by the methods of – Identifibre method No.2

For the following determinations-

Amosite; Chrysotile; Crocidolite; Organic fibres; Synthetic mineral fibres

.81 Volume Measurement (Air)

 

7.84 Residues and Contaminants in Constituents of the Environment

.31 Asbestos Identification
Qualitative identification of asbestos in soils

Analysis by Polarised Light Microscopy (including dispersion staining) techniques by the methods of – Identifibre method No.2

For the following determinations-

Amosite; Chrysotile; Crocidolite; Organic fibres; Synthetic mineral fibres

 

 

 

Health & Safety 18001 PMS3282

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WORLD RECOGNISED

ACCREDITATION

NATA ACCREDITED LABORATORY

NUMBER 15132

 

 

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