Asbestos Test Kits Sydney

K2 Consulting Group is a leading and dynamic asbestos and occupational hygiene consultancy in Sydney and has over 15 years of combined experience in Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Consulting in Australia.

What are Asbestos test kits?

We receive several calls requesting ‘ready to go’ asbestos test kits or ‘instant’ asbestos test kits to determine if the building materials contain asbestos. Asbestos test kits sold in retail or on the internet are not litmus test packs and will not tell you if asbestos is present in the material or not. These kits typically contain basic items for sample collection such as zip lock bags, masks, gloves, cleaning wipes etc.

Asbestos analyser machines available on the market can provide instant results on site however they are not approved by regulators. The only approved method for asbestos testing is laboratory analysis by a NATA accredited asbestos laboratory.

Asbestos test kits from Bunnings have been popular among less experienced DIYers as they are not well informed about the health risks, and financial and legal liabilities of asbestos. A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) shall be responsible to advise their sub-contractors, tenants or any person involved in the works of any asbestos-related dangers in the premises they have control over. So, it can be your responsibility to manage asbestos risks, though you have a contractor who seems to know and have control over the asbestos-related issues onsite.

If you suspect the presence of asbestos, order an asbestos inspection or an asbestos survey undertaken by one of our licenced asbestos assessors or occupational hygienists. The asbestos survey can identify all asbestos risks and can save you costs during demolition, and renovation projects and avoid lengthy time delays.

NSW SafeWork does not endorse any asbestos test kits or any other electronic onsite analysers for asbestos testing as an approved method. The only authorised method to assess and confirm the presence or absence of asbestos is a laboratory method as per the Australian Standard AS 4964-2004, ‘Method for the qualitative identification of asbestos in bulk samples’, undertaken in a NATA accredited laboratory using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Dispersion Staining (DS). So, if in doubt, call us and talk to us about the situation and we can guide you through the correct process of asbestos inspection and management.

Where is asbestos present in buildings?

Asbestos can be present in several locations within the buildings such as wet areas, fireplaces, cooking areas, under the tiles, under the carpet, behind the wall panels etc.

Treat all suspected materials like asbestos, unless otherwise confirmed by a laboratory method. Read here about NSW EPA’s guidance for household renovations.

Source: Asbestos Safety Eradication Agency (ASEA), 2021. (ASEA)

Asbestos test kits or Asbestos inspection - what is the right thing to do?

Currently, laboratory analysis approved by the NATA as per Australian Standards, ‘Method for the qualitative identification of asbestos in bulk samples – AS 4964-2004’ is the only method available to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos in building materials. Onsite electronic analyzers have been used for asbestos testing in Sydney, however, they are not approved by the regulators and cannot be taken as a confirmed result.

The recommended way to test for asbestos is to collect a sample and have it tested by a NATA accredited laboratory. It is best if the asbestos survey is undertaken by an Occupational Hygienist, or a Licenced asbestos assessor and the samples are collected safely.

The asbestos inspection or asbestos surveys are undertaken by licenced asbestos assessors who are recognized by NSW SafeWork or Occupational Hygienists, who are well-experienced and trained to assess and manage asbestos-related situations. Our Occupational Hygienists can provide you with the right and pragmatic advice tailored to suit your project needs, be it a small DIY renovation or a large project where you need a trusted consultant to back you up and provide the right advice throughout the project.

During our inspection, our Licenced Asbestos Assessors also assess the condition of the material, i.e., whether the asbestos material is in a bonded or friable state. Some asbestos products are manufactured in a loose and dry form that can become airborne when minimally disturbed while some bonded products may become friable when any external forces are applied (such as drilling, breaking using machines etc).

Alternatively, drop a sample of your suspected asbestos material and we can get it tested for you in a NATA accredited facility.

What if asbestos is detected in the sample?

If asbestos is detected in any sample, we can advise you on asbestos management or asbestos abatement via asbestos removal using licenced asbestos removalists or other methods such as encapsulation such that the condition of asbestos does not pose a human health risk or environmental risk to your site. We work with industry-leading asbestos removal contractors, and we can put you in touch with them for any asbestos abatement works before the commencement of any demolition works (Read more about our Pre-demolition surveys).

Can I test for asbestos in soils?

We offer tailored solutions if you have found asbestos in soils. Asbestos in soils is monitored by the local Councils or the NSW EPA in some instances and dealing with such situations can be less informative and stressful. Our Certified Environmental Practitioners (CEnvP) recognised by the NSW EPA can assist you with identifying asbestos in soils and provide you with practical solutions to manage asbestos in soils situation. Read more about asbestos contamination in soils on the NSW EPA Website.

When asbestos is detected in or on soils, asbestos testing will usually involve laboratory analysis of the asbestos fragments and the soils on site. The soil depth and the number of samples will be determined by the Environmental Consultant based on the extent of asbestos contamination. An Environmental Site Assessment report can be prepared based on the findings for the proposed or the current use of the land.

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Remediation of Contaminated Soils

Soils are referred to as contaminated when the concentration of contaminant is usually higher than the ambient concentrations. There may be naturally elevated concentration of contaminants while in most of the cases, there is an apparent source of contamination (point source).

Environmental Assessment

Consultants at K2 Consulting Group are trained and experienced in the assessment and management of contaminated soils and groundwater. Our quick, effective and practical approach in contamination management puts us at the forefront of today’s emerging contamination management market.

GroundWater

Soils are referred to as contaminated when the concentration of contaminant is usually higher than the ambient concentrations. There may be naturally elevated concentration of contaminants while in most of the cases, there is an apparent source of contamination (point source).

Waste Classification Services

Consultants at K2 Consulting Group undertake a systematic and exhaustive approach in classifying soils, as it can be a huge savings to the project if lesser quantity is sent to the landfill or waste recovery centre, while still meeting the regulations.

Vapour Intrusion Investigation

K2 Consulting Group utilises best-practice planning, collection, analysis and conduct human health risk assessment and site screening. K2 Consulting Group’s team of expert engineers ensure that regulatory requirements are met so that stakeholder risks are understood.

Acid Sulphate Soil

When Acid Sulfate Soils can be detrimental to the environment when exposed to atmospheric air through anthropogenic activities (excavation for construction purposes etc) or natural means (drainage of groundwater).

PFAS Investigations

PFAS refers to Per & Poly Fluorinated Alkyl Substance which is a group of long chain fluorinated organic compounds used in various industrial applications. Australia and other leading nations have banned the usage of the PFAS containing chemicals.

Environmental Consultants

Consultants at K2 Consulting Group are qualified lead auditors in Environmental Management Systems – ISO 14001:2015, Management Systems Auditing – ISO 19011:2018. We can assist your organisation in identifying various environmental risks.

Call Us Today - 1800 523 000

To Discuss Your Site Specific Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Issues.
Our Consultants are qualified Scientists and Engineers with over 10 years of experience in specialized fields and understand the relevant regulations and provide practical solutions.

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