Asbestos Testing Process

The Most Exhaustive Asbestos Testing Process in Brisbane

The asbestos testing process is obviously not something a Brisbane homeowner or building manager should do on their own.  The hazards of asbestos make this a job that only a certified professional, like The Asbestos Guys, should undertake. 

However, we want our customers to understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.  The more informed you are about our asbestos testing process in Brisbane, the better we can support your project.

What Types Of Samples Do We Collect In The Asbestos Testing Process?

We do our sample collection in accordance with all regulations, with an eye toward safety.  Our work is performed under a rigorous set of checklists to ensure your site is properly sampled.

We do three main types of sampling:

  • Air Sampling.  This testing looks for airborne asbestos dust.  We collect the samples using standard air sampling equipment and then analyze them via transmission electron microscopy.  This method identifies exceptionally small particles, ensuring we do not miss any potentially hazardous asbestos in your building.
  • Material Sampling.   Sometimes a physical sample must be removed in order to determine its asbestos status.  Polarized light microscopy is the method by which we analyze the sample.  This modality allows for both the detection and the identification of asbestos type in those samples. 
  • Water and Soil Sampling.  Environmental investigations often require this form of sampling in order to determine if there is contamination.  We may use both transmission electron microscopy and polarized light microscopy in this analysis.

How Do We Collect Material Samples For Asbestos Testing?

Material sampling is the most common and invasive form of sampling that we do.  Because of this, we want you to know what you can expect when we do our asbestos testing:

  • We are careful not to disturb the area being tested to ensure no asbestos fibers become airborne.  We may require shutting down your HVAC system during the process, but it is by far the safest way to approach testing.
  • Our experienced testing professionals wear personal protective equipment such as a mask, gloves, and coveralls.  This equipment may look somewhat odd, but it helps keep our employees safe as they undertake your project.
  • We protect the surfaces of your building by laying down plastic sheeting.  Any asbestos put into the air will settle on that sheeting rather than on your items.  Additionally, we will humidify the air with water mist in order to help the dust settle rapidly.
  • When we remove suspected asbestos-containing material to sample, we spray it with water to reduce the creation of asbestos dust.  We then place the material in a plastic bag that is completely and thoroughly sealed.  We also place any cleaning material used during the sampling process in the bag.
  • We label the sealed bag with information such as the location, date, and material sampled.  And we will repeat this with a different bag for each sample taken.
  • The final step is the one that takes the longest time to accomplish—clean up.  We place the plastic sheeting, any moistened items, and all the personal protective equipment into plastic bags, seal them, and take them off-site for disposal.  We then vacuum the entire site to ensure no asbestos dust remains in the area.  We take that vacuum off-site prior to bag removal and for a complete cleaning before our next sampling job.

Our Asbestos Testing Program

Asbestos-containing materials come in two major forms:

  • Friable.  This type any sort of material that contains asbestos and is able to be crushed or turned to powder by the force of an ordinary hand.  We often find this type of asbestos in insulation and decorative materials.  This form is particularly dangerous because it can release carcinogenic fibers.  These fibers can then be inhaled or ingested and cause disease.
  • Non-friable.  This type of material contains asbestos but is not readily crumbled or pulverized.  In a building, this can include floor coverings, wallboard, ceiling tiles, and roofing products.  The danger of this form of asbestos is that it can degrade over time and become more friable.  Asbestos can also be released by sawing, drilling, or burning these materials.

The Asbestos Guys can test just about any material you have in your structure.  We are committed to determining your level of asbestos disease risk based on the amount and type of asbestos we find.

Our asbestos testing process is state-of-the-art and designed to find even the smallest fibers.  Let our expertise give you confidence about the asbestos status of your building.

If you are looking for the most reliable and affordable asbestos experts in Brisbane, call our knowledgeable and experienced staff at (07) 4243 4747 today!