NATA Accredited Asbestos Testing
An experienced Xcel Consultant will collect samples safely with minimal disturbance and adhering to standard industry practices. The sample(s) will be sealed in a double zip lock bag or Haz container/jar with a unique identification which is then transported and tested at our partner NATA Accredited Laboratories.
The 3 main hazardous building materials that we test are as follows:
Samples of materials suspected of containing asbestos are collected from discreet locations, with minimal disturbance and sent for analysis to our NATA accredited laboratory. The samples are examined using a stereo microscope and selected fibres are further examined using polarised light microscopy supplemented with dispersion staining.
Xcel Environmental Wollongong can test for Asbestos in Soils, Asbestos Bulk (materials), Asbestos containing dust and debris.
We can also conduct Asbestos Air Monitoring in accordance with the Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Fibres 2nd Edition [NOHSC:3003(2005)]. Air Monitoring can be conducted during asbestos removal works to ensure controls are in place and results must be below the industry standard of respirable fibres of 0.01 fibres/ml, or to ascertain whether a control is effective in controlling respirable asbestos fibres such as a Make Safe after a Fire or Storm,
Lead Based Paint or Dust
Identification of lead based paints is conducted in accordance with Appendix 1 – Standard Practice for Identification of Lead Paint taken from AS4361.2 – 2017 Guide to Lead Paint Management – Part 2: Residential and Commercial Buildings. Areas suspected are assessed using lead indicator test kits upon accessible and representative painted surfaces. Lead indicator test kits use a colorimetric method to determine the presence of lead within painted surfaces. Painted surfaces are scored or roughened to expose underlying layers of paint. Lead indicator kits were then rubbed across all exposed surface layers to determine the presence of lead in paintwork.
Painted surfaces that have Lead indicator test kits returning positive results are sampled and sent to our partner NATA accredited laboratory to determine the lead content of the paintwork. Under current Australian Standards and guidelines, where the percentage lead content in paint exceeds 0.1%, the paint should be stabilised or removed by either chemical means or in a manner that does not generate dust into the air.
Synthetic Mineral Fibre
Synthetic Mineral Fibres are tested using the same process as asbestos in bulk identification. The samples are collected from discreet locations, with minimal disturbance and sent for analysis to our partnered NATA accredited laboratory. The samples are examined using a stereo microscope and selected fibres are further examined using polarised light microscopy supplemented with dispersion staining.
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Asbestos testing or Hazmat testing can be arranged to suit you needs:
Same day asbestos testing
Next business day asbestos testing
2-3 business day asbestos testing
standard or 5 business day asbestos testing