We offer Asbestos testing services with a quick turnaround. We use correct testing methods in order to minimise the potential of contamination. We come out to the site, safely extract samples which are then taken to a certified lab that identifies whether Asbestos is present as well as which type of Asbestos is present.
DIY Asbestos Testing
While you can test for asbestos yourself according to NZ law, we suggest hiring professionals to do so due to the risk posed to your health by this undertaking. However, if you would like to do this yourself we suggest educating yourselves about the risks and the correct way to do so in order to safeguard your health.
The most important part to be aware that when cutting asbestos for testing you end up converting it from encapsulated non-friable asbestos to friable asbestos which can get airborne and pose a threat to your health.
Asbestos dust is quite fine and can get airborne easily Inhaling the asbestos is risky because asbestos is a known carcinogen. The following method should be used when testing for asbestos yourself.
1) ensure that the area is contained and that it won't be disturbed by passers-by.
2) ensure that pets or children cannot get in contact with the area to be tested.
3) Wear the correct dust filter. Regular dust filters cannot filter out asbestos dust. Therefore, you should ensure that you have a class P1 or P2 cartridge filter or P1 or P2 disposable respirator. Your filter should comply with New Zealand standard 1716 you can see this mark clearly on the respirator before buying.
4) wear protective gear such as disposable overalls and gloves.
5) apply water to the area to be tested to minimise dust release.
6) do not use power tools to extract the sample, use hand held tools instead. Collect between 5 to 100 g and place the sample inside a ziplock bag.
7) after collecting a sample seal the hole that you created to prevent any asbestos from getting airborne.
8) avoid using a regular vacuum to clean up after yourself. You will need a commercial vacuum cleaner with a microfine filter. Dispose of the bag and any residual material at an Asbestos disposal facility.