When asbestos is suspected in the workplace, it’s important to get an answer quickly.
In Airsafe’s state of the art laboratory, we analyse samples using:
- Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
- Dispersion Staining (DS) techniques
The result: a definitive answer, on the same day if required, backed by Airsafe’s unbeatable experience and reputation.
Airsafe is NATA Accredited for Sample Identification for Asbestos.
How to collect an asbestos sample for testing
You should always be careful when taking samples of materials you suspect contain asbestos. Here’s our easy step-by-step guide:
- Always use a P2 disposable dust mask when dealing with suspect materials. You can buy these at a hardware store.
- Wet the material to suppress dust release.
- Carefully collect a sample using hand tools (sample size should be 5-100g).
- Place the sample in a click lock plastic bag. You can find these at any supermarket.
- Clean your hand tools thoroughly with a wet wipe then seal the wipe in its own click lock bag.
- Double bag your sample in a second sealable plastic bag.
- After sampling, you should use paint to seal any broken material with the potential to cause airborne asbestos dust.
- Complete this form, click "Get printable version" and print out the resulting page. Then put the form and the double-bagged sample in an envelope.
- If you can, bring your sample in person to Airsafe at 93 Beattie Street, Balmain NSW. (Call us first on (02) 9555 9034 to let us know you’re coming.)
- If you can’t bring your sample in person, call us on (02) 9555 9034 to make other arrangements.
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