In Australia, asbestos testing Perth is rather expensive. Not only the testing procedure but the whole asbestos services in Perth are expensive. However, you must keep your safety as your highest priority when you are facing asbestos.
Always keep in mind to follow the regulation applied by the Government to handle all asbestos products in the most secure manner. This is important to avoid wasting a lot of money on fines and criminal charges rather than hiring a contractor itself. Thus, the Government recommends you to ask professional removalists to help you deal with any kinds of problems related to asbestos.
Mostly, home owners are often worried about the existence of asbestos products in their houses. This is because asbestos can cause a serious health hazard. The fibre dust is harmful for your lungs and may lead to severe lung illness including asbestosis and mesothelioma.
There are many kinds of lung diseases came with asbestos, not to mention lung cancers that can hit anyone who inhales the asbestos dust. That is why, as mentioned above, only professional assessors are trained to handle the asbestos products properly.
Handling asbestos is very complicated indeed. Because you must prepare a lot of things in order to deliver the work done right in the safest manner. You have to figure out whether it is broken or damaged. You also must pay attention to your safety around the product through learning on how to handle asbestos product in the right way. You must have an asbestos testing and sampling work before you can remove all asbestos products from your house.
Asbestos testing generally is advised to be delivered for every type of building. Old building houses are the ones that need special attention of asbestos inspection. This is because houses made before the 1990’s are most likely to own asbestos inside. In Australia, asbestos was widely used as a building material to resist heat and fire, before it was banned completely on 2003. You can still find asbestos in old buildings that spread across Australia up until now; Especially, as insulators for heat and electricity.
The safest way to test the presence of asbestos is by collecting samples and deliver them to a NATA certified testing laboratory. You can find that there are many do-it-yourself kits being sold everywhere to conduct the sampling process. But, you must keep this in mind that you have to be concerned about your safety and of course the applicable law. Do not cost yourself at risk and avoid criminal charges and fines. It may look easy to do it by yourself, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Usually asbestos testing and sampling procedures are consisted of these following steps:
- Identifying the Suspected Area of Asbestos Contamination
You can see that the sources of asbestos contamination are varied, besides the usual suspected materials in your building. Most of the time there are some commonly neglected areas which content asbestos contamination in a high probability such as rooms containing heating systems and radiator, rooms with traditional wiring circuits, and rooms with extensive duct work.
- Get Ready to Damp Down the Suspected Area
Equip yourself with the protective gears which includes rubber gloves and face mask. All used protective gears must always follow the Australian standard. You are not allowed to clean or vacuum the suspected area before conducting the test for asbestos. This is to decrease the probability to generate more asbestos dust into the air. Then, homeowners would be asked to keep out from the working area.
- Misting the Working Area
Wet down the working area repeatedly by gently spraying it. You have to make sure that the mist is spreading across the whole working room. The moisture in the air from the water sprayer will turn the dust heavy and make it no longer suspended. Then the dust will eventually begin to settle on the plastic sheet. Cut out a little part of the plastic sheet. There you have it; this is your testing sample.
- Put the Sample on a Sealed Bag
Put the sample inside a a plastic bag and then seal it safely. You must put on a label with all details possible including your ID number, the location where the sample was taken and the date and time of collecting the sample.
- Deliver the Sample
Finally, take the sample to be tested at an NATA-certified, asbestos-testing laboratory. It is better to close the area clear from any activity until you have your laboratory results. If the results come up positive, then you can start to conduct a removal process.