Onsite Asbestos Testing and Surveys
Asbestos testing is incredibly important in identifying the type of asbestos present in any sample, and in developing an appropriate asbestos management plan.
During an asbestos survey, qualified asbestos assessors will collect samples from around your building and site. These samples are then sent to a NATA accredited laboratory for further analysis and testing.
SERS specialists conduct all asbestos testing in accordance with strict quality controls. Every detail of the test is carefully recorded and monitored to ensure we meet the necessary regulations and do not contaminate the sample.
The results of an asbestos test are critical to assessing potential health risks for occupants in your building. The data from the test is used to form a comprehensive asbestos management plan which provides guidance on appropriate methods for the safe handling and removing of the asbestos.
NATA Accredited Asbestos Testing
SERS highly qualified asbestos assessors and inspectors test your property for asbestos through a variety of different ways, including Fibre Identification and Air Monitoring. Potential asbestos samples are collected from the site during our inspections and are then transported to our NATA accredited lab for testing.
National Association of Testing Authoritaties (NATA) accreditation means that our asbestos testing is a highly reliable and consistent method of sampling asbestos and discovering the fibre composition of materials, and identifying potentially hazardous materials within the sample.
To support our asbestos testing, SERS lab reports can provide further certainty to the presence of asbestos within building materials on your property.
Taking asbestos samples from potentially hazardous materials requires trained technicians and must be performed in a controlled manner. SERS conduct asbestos sampling with a high degree of regard for the safety, taking into account the condition, location and nature of any material collected.
Our analysis techniques do not require large samples of asbestos to be collected, and as such our qualified technicians make sure to collect the smallest possible sample for testing.
During the asbestos sampling process, SERS technicians take care to minimise the potential for airborne asbestos-containing dust to be generated, as this dust may contain asbestos or other hazardous material. We use the latest technology to ensure a thorough clean up of any sample sites.
Did you know there is more than 1 type of Asbestos? In fact there are 6! And each one requires a different approach to safely remove, suppress, quarantine and manage the asbestos. SERS expert asbestos analysis allows us to differentiate between these different types of asbestos and offer a management plan tailored specifically to your needs.
All forms of asbestos are considered to be hazardous to human health. Asbestos fibres are too small to be seen by the human eye – smaller than a strand of human hair and can get caught within the lungs if inhaled.
Once trapped in the lungs, deadly asbestos-related diseases can develop, affecting a person’s respiratory system and eventually leading to death.
Types of Asbestos
The 6 types of asbestos are:
These 6 types of asbestos can be grouped into two main categories – serpentine asbestos or amphibole asbestos.
More commonly known as white asbestos, Serpentine Asbestos is the most common form in the world – including Australia – and can be found in the roofs, ceilings, walls and floors of homes and businesses.
This type of asbestos is characterised by its layered structure and curly fibres, and because of its unique properties, it can also be found in brake pads in automobiles, pipe insulation, gaskets and boiler seals.
The other five types of asbestos are categorised as Amphibole Asbestos. Though less common than white asbestos, these types of asbestos are far more dangerous to humans.
At their molecular level, amphibole asbestos is made of elongated, chain-like structures that make them extremely sharp and easy to inhale.
In Australia, crocidolite – sometimes known as blue asbestos – and amosite, known widely as brown asbestos, are the most common forms of amphibole asbestos.