Is it Asbestos?

Not sure if the item contains asbestos? There are two classes of asbestos types.

Friable (Class A)  Asbestos is classified as any material found under ground level, as well as a few older forms of insulation used in domestic heaters and stoves and in ceiling insulations products. Ceiling insulation containing asbestos was generally used in commercial buildings. In most cases, glass fibres have replaced asbestos in today's insulations products.

Bonded (Class B)  Asbestos is a fibre-cement product. The asbestos in firmly embedded in a hardened matrix. The bonded sheets are flat, corrugated or circular tubes.

Testing for asbestos

The best way to find out is to have it tested. For a list of registered hygienists (testers) in all states, go to the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists site. Click on the symbol of the man holding a magnifying glass half way down the page and then enter your state.


Recommended Hygienists

Asbestos Central

Asbestos central provides visual inspections from assessors (this is not an asbestos risk management audit) $150 for verbal report/$250 for written report - excluding gst (there may be an extra charge if travelling times are excessive.)

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Edge Group

For a full asbestos risk management assessment by Occupational Hygenists (including travel time) – From $500 for inner metro residential properties (excluding GST): POA.

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ESP Environment & Safety Professionals

Full asbestos risk management audit by occupational hygenists – including travelling time + hourly rate + 5 samples + report – about $750-$950 (excluding gst). 10 days to prepare results and report. For samples sent in the post or delivered to the laboratory - approximately $50 (excluding gst) and 3-5 days turnaround.

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Greencap do not provide asbestos risk management audits for residential addresses. For samples sent in the post or delivered to the laboratory - $120 (GST inclusive) for first sample and $60 for each additional sample (3-5 days turnaround).

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Full asbestos risk management assessment by occupational hygenists – for residential properties approximately $600-700 (plus GST) other sites by quote. For samples sent in the post or delivered to the laboratory - $77 (GST inclusive) and a standard turnaround approximately a week. Additional $20 per sample for 24-hour service.

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