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. We understand asbestos is a hazardous material and can shut down work sites, so we endeavour to provide results in the quickest possible time.

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.

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 and mulch 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 or mulch sample, it is required that the sample does not exceed 150g in weight.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was commonly used in building materials in Australia prior to the mid-1980s. 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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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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