How to Do an Asbestos Testing The Right Way. Which of these rooms hides a hidden killer? Is it the classroom, the factory floor, the old hospital ward, or the family home? The answer, this killer could lurk quietly in all of these buildings.
Some people have presumed the asbestos problems of yesteryear have vanished since using the material was banned in Australia far from it. We had inherited the asbestos legacy. Over 3000 people die each year as a result of exposure to asbestos fibres, making the remaining asbestos the single biggest cause of Australia work-related deaths.
Worryingly, it’s estimated that asbestos remains in over one-third of Australian premises, often mixed with other materials. If it’s damaged or disturbed, perhaps by maintenance or refurbishment work, it can prove to be fatal.
If you’re responsible for the maintenance and general upkeep of a building or premises, you are also responsible for its occupant staying safe from asbestos. The duty holder may be the landlord, tenant, or managing agent or in some situations, the responsibility may be shared.
Remember, asbestos regulations also cover common areas of domestic premises including holes, roof, lift, and stairways. The only way to identify this deadly material thoroughly by taking an asbestos testing organised by an accredited assessor.
This licensed assessor is fully trained to complete a survey operation efficiently, effectively, and discreetly. An assessor will work closely with clients to ensure minimum disruption to premises and normal business operation as possible while the survey is being conducted.
An accredited assessor usually provides the following services:
- Asbestos refurbishment/demolition and management survey
- Impartial guidance on asbestos management
- Asbestos bulk sampling
- Analysis of samples by an EPA accredited lab
- Annual re-inspection
The benefits of using an accredited assessor service are:
- Accurate findings punctually delivered in a user-friendly survey report
- Exceptional value for money
- A 24/7 response team
- Offer surveys to suit all enquiries, regardless of size or location
This assessor can provide customer-focused solutions to ensure the clients achieve compliance with all current legislation and guidance. To obtain free, impartial advice on all asbestos concern, call one of them and make an appointment for a survey.
Asbestos testing procedure
The process of asbestos testing will be performed in the safest way possible. This safe protocols must be followed from the beginning of sampling process until the result has been released.
The safe procedures are as follow:
The sampling is considered as one of the most critical procedures in which the asbestos is disturbed. The sampling protocol is carried out based on the following steps:
The assessor needs to wear a personal protective equipment like a respirator mask, a pair of gloves, and a goggle. This PPE isn’t necessarily the same like what the contractor wear in an asbestos removal work. The protection at least covers the assessor’s respiration from inhaling asbestos fibres by accident.
The area where the asbestos is located must be sealed off to avoid the risk of the fibres from being spread to the other area. The containment can be done by turning off all the fans and the air cons and cover all ventilation holes within the contaminated area.
Afterwards, the assessor will prepare necessary tools to begin the sampling. The most common tools used are pliers, cutting tools, cloth, a water spray and some locked plastic bags with some labels on them.
- The sampling process
The assessor will begin the sampling process by dampening the area of the material where he will take the samples from. This is where the water spray comes in handy. A damped cloth can also be used to take an extra measure and avoiding the fibres from being airborne.
The samples taken are put inside a locked bag and labelled with the samples’ date and origin. Each sample is at least as big as a coin or a spoonful of friable material to get a more accurate analysis. Afterwards, the samples are sent to a lab accredited by NATA to perform an asbestos analysis.
- The result
The lab result will be received in a few days, depending on the samples being tested. This lab result will be combined with the assessor visual inspection result to create a comprehensive report.
WARNING: Don’t use a DIY asbestos testing kit! Some asbestos testing kit only contains standard personal protective equipment, which cannot filter the asbestos fibres. Moreover, without proper procedure, a DIY sampling will only risk you to the exposure. It would be wise to leave the job to someone who has the right expertise and experience to carry out the sampling and testing process at your home. Have a confidence in their competence and breathe a little easier. Live a healthy life and free from any asbestos risk.