Asbestos Central can take an asbestos sample from your home and have it analysed in a NATA certified laboratory for asbestos materials.
Taking asbestos samples
WorkSafe Victoria – Compliance Code Managing Asbestos in Workplaces, Septemper 2008 Edition 1)
If samples are taken for the purpose of determining if asbestos is present, it is important that representative samples are taken. Any variation in appearance, texture or colour of the material will necessitate additional samples being taken for consistency and valid analysis. For example, full-thickness samples of friable material back to the substrate should be taken. Consideration should also be given to taking samples from difficult areas where there is evidence of previous asbestos removals.
Any person who is suitably trained and experienced in a safe method for taking samples of ACM can take samples for the purpose of analysis under the Regulations.
Samples should be taken in a controlled manner that does not create a risk to people taking the sample or people who will work or visit the area where the sample was taken. People taking samples should assess the risk and implement appropriate controls. These may include the use of a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered vacuum cleaner and a water spray bottle to suppress airborne dust (a respirator – approved by AS/NZS 1716:2003 Respiratory protective devices – may also be used to minimise exposure).
Samples need to be placed in sealed containers (such as snap-lock durable bags) and appropriately labelled to enable the location of the sample to be clearly identified at a later time (refer to Appendix C for further guidance on how to take asbestos samples safely).