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Why is Asbestos Testing Important?

Australia and asbestos-containing material (ACM) seems inseparable. News about its findings in various places is like never-ending tales. Almost every day, the news reports that houses, public and commercial buildings or even a place that seems impossible to be affected, such as a beach, are found contaminated by hazardous fibres.

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The past keeps haunted the present. The ACM use in the past continues to affect the present condition of buildings built during the massive use of this substance for the house, commercial and industrial materials. Many citizens lost their lives due to being exposed to the fibres. Others became restless mentally knowing that they live under the shadow of a life-threatening substance.

Where Does Material Containing Dangerous Fibres Commonly Found?

One of the materials that was heavily utilised in residential construction was asbestos cement or also known as fibro or AC sheet. It was booming from the mid-1940s until the late 1980s. According to a report, there are 3,000 products related to hazardous fibres were used in the past. These products could likely be found in internal wall sheeting, floor and wall tiles, old vinyl floor tiles and carpet underlay backing, roof guttering, corrugated sheeting for fencing or roofing, and as flat sheeting, carports and exteriors of old sheds.

Type of Houses Containing Fibrous Materials

According to the common rule, the possibility of houses containing fibrous product is:

  • If they were constructed or renovated prior to the mid-1980s, they are highly likely to contain materials containing dangerous fibres.
  • If they were built or renovated between the mid-1980s and 1990, they are likely to contain a fibrous product.
  • If they were built after the 1990s, they are unlikely to contain any fibrous product.

The ban of ACM was made effective in December 2003. All products of fibrous material including mining, import, manufacture, use, reuse, store, or sale were totally banned in Australia. However, with the recent incident in Perth Children’s Hospital, new buildings are also not safe from the fibrous product. There is still a possibility that houses built after the 1990s have a risk of being installed with illegal products containing harmful fibres.

As fibrous products are so common in Australian houses, it is extremely important to have awareness towards it. Consequently, as a precaution step, carrying out a test before a renovation or demolition work begins is greatly important.

What is ACM Testing?

It is a service provided to determine whether a deadly fibre is present in any suspected material such as vinyl tiles, fibre cement, and corrugated cement material. The service is available for commercial and residential premises.

When is the Test needed?

It needs to be performed if you plan to do a renovation, or when you plan to buy or sell a property. The test is also required for materials in a certain area that begin to degrade, such as in a basement, old sheds or attic areas.

How to Do the Test?

Before the testing is performed, you will need to do an inspection. For a thorough and valid result of the inspection, hiring a qualified assessor is the best option. A professional assessor will do the inspection following the standard procedures set by the regulations.

There are three types of Inspection of fibrous product:

1. Management

Its focus is to identify a fibrous material within a construction and provide an assessment of risk of the suspected materials. The work includes:

  • Presumptive inspection or
  • Sampling inspection

2. Refurbishment and Demolition

The inspection is performed to identify and remove fibrous material to dismiss the risk for workers and the surroundings being exposed to dangerous fibrous. The activity involves a partial demolition of any element contaminated by fibrous materials. It is conducted when no people are around and before the real refurbishment and demolition begin.

Before the removal activity is performed, a control plan must be completed as required under Work Health and Safety Regulations. The purpose of the control plan is to identify exact measures that are going to be engaged during the removal to ensure workers and others will not be at risk and that the removal is done in the safest way possible.

3. Clearance

The procedure is performed after the product containing harmful fibres are removed and a competent person deems that premise is safe to be re-occupied. The activity is conducted to determine whether the building is clear from ACMs. The inspection will be done according to the two types of ACMs found:

  • Non-friable also was known as bonded – it is a relatively stable type of ACM and contains more than one percent of ACM but cannot be crushed or pulverized by hand pressure.
  • Friable – the material contains more than one percent of ACM and it can be crushed, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure.

Test Method

To ensure the inspection result, a test is conducted. Samples taken from the assumed location is then going to be analysed in a NATA accredited laboratory. To sample suspected products for ACM testing bonded materials:

  • Wear a respirator. It is available at local hardware stores.
  • Wet the material and take some small sections, more or less about the size of a 20 cent coin.
  • Put the samples into a clear zip lock bag. Double the bags.
  • Use PVA glue to the edge of taken samples.

The use of protective kits during the sampling process in important to minimise the risk of being exposed to harmful fibres.

Why Is a Laboratory Testing Needed?

Because it is impossible to check whether a material contains ACMs only by just looking at it, a laboratory test then is needed. The assessor will put the samples under a light microscope. The test can confirm the presence of ACMs in the suspected material. The result of the test indicates the type of the ACM found:

  • Crocidolite
  • Amosite
  • Chrysotile

When the result shows that there is no fibre found, No Asbestos Detected or NAD will appear. The testing result will be documented in a report known as a register. The register lists all identified or assumed material containing dangerous fibres in a building. The document will be very much useful for a person who manages or controls a building, and it must be prepared and kept at the building.

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Do You Need Asbestos Testing Services?

Knowing that the building you have bought or rent or the building you are in charge of belongs to the older building category, asbestos testing becomes really important to be actualised. If you look for a professional removalist for testing service, Asbestos Watch Darwin is available at your service.

We will connect you with excellent contractors who have passed a really selective test and followed hours of training. The contractors we endorsed for asbestos testing Darwin services have a legal A-class license and accredited certification to ensure that all the jobs will be following the regulations.

Our endorsed contractors have four main services ready to help you solve your problems, including:

Price will never be a problem if you use asbestos testing Darwin services. All prices are competitive and worth the services they provide.  No extra cost, everything will be transparent through three free quotes you are entitled to ask. You can estimate all the expense for the asbestos testing Darwin service you request.

Disposal is also another big problem during a renovation. It will require a safe handling because a wrong procedure can actually generate a new problem, such as health risks. Our endorsed contractors know how to do a clean and safe disposal. The waste will be disposed of to a legal area approved by local authority.

For a valid and safe test, choose asbestos testing Darwin services. Call now.