Asbestos Testing

Asbestos checks are required when undertaking demolition or refurbishments projects in New South Wales & Victoria. The licensed asbestos assessors at ESP Environmental Safety can walk you through the testing procedure.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring tiny fibrous materials that resemble thin, needle-like fibres. When inhaled, they can cause a number of health problems, and have been linked to cancer in many Australians. Resistant to high temperatures, their suitability for insulation made them popular building products nationwide throughout the 1940s all the way up to the late ’80s.

With so many old buildings in Newcastle, Sydney & Melbourne, asbestos has been found in many locations. Materials that can harbour asbestos include:

  • Cement pipes
  • Floor tiles and bricks
  • Roofing and insulation
  • Some textured coatings
  • Flat and corrugated sheeting
  • Adhesives
  • Older model vehicle parts (such as brake pads)


From this list, you can see why it is ivital that companies involved in construction and renovation projects must have an asbestos inspection booked in.

asbestos in building materials

How Do You Test for Asbestos?

How do our licensed asbestos assessors approach asbestos checks? By taking samples of materials at sites across Newcastle, Sydney & Melbourne, or even air samples, we are able to ascertain if there is a presence of asbestos.

These samples are analysed within our NATA approved laboratory. If the results come back as positive for asbestos, you will be advised on the next steps you ought to take to prevent further contamination.

Asbestos Testing

Requesting asbestos testing is vital if you’re beginning any project with the potential to disturb asbestos. If you have any questions about asbestos checks and the procedure of taking samples, reach out to our inhouse licensed asbestos assessors. ESP Environmental Safety Professionals is a leading environmental consulting and management company, so when you work with us, you’re teaming up with a professional team of experts. Speak to our team.

Asbestos Identification to AS 4964 - 2004 by Polarised Light 

Microscopy conducted on a range of building materials including:

  • soils
  • fibre reinforced cement sheet and panel boards
  • mastics, sealants and waterproof membranes
  • cladding, lagging and insulation materials

Asbestos Fibre Counting to NOHSC: 3003 (2005) by Phase Contrast Microscopy to determine levels of asbestos fibre contamination in air.

NATA endorsed reports can be issued within 24 hours of sample receipt.

Contact your nearest ESP office for further information.

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