Asbestos Lab Testing Sydney

Asbestos has links too many chronic and deadly diseases. Its use in commercial products over the past century has increased the risk of diseases of the lungs and abdominals areas in humans — testing for the existence of asbestos results in a safer working environment. Environmental & Laboratory Solutions operates our own asbestos testing lab in Sydney.

Uses for Asbestos

Asbestos has been mined for centuries, but the industrial revolution popularised this thin, fibrous mineral in the late 19th century. Its electrical and heat resisting properties made it desirable for electrical wiring, and it offered thermal insulation for buildings such as homes and offices. It was also found to have soundproofing properties and became very valuable in heat and acid-resistant gaskets and packing materials, as well as brake pads for any vehicle – cars, trucks, and aircraft. Moreover, it was used as a spray fire-retardant coating on steel girders in tall buildings and added to roofing and flooring materials for its fire-proofing capabilities.

Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos exposure has been linked to inflammatory lung diseases and cancers including lung, ovarian, and laryngeal. Its small fibres become stuck in tissue causing inflammation and can damage DNA leading to cancer. Preventing exposure is the first step in protecting workers from the damaging effects of this overly used mineral. Workers bringing home fibres on their skin and clothing increases the risk to family members inhaling these dangerous fibres. Discovering asbestos before full demolition begins safeguards workers and their families from developing life-threatening diseases later in life.

Asbestos Testing in Sydney

Before starting a demolition project, either demolishing a large building or doing a small remodelling job, it is important to test surfaces for asbestos. Aim to test drywall, paint, flooring, and roofing materials, as well as concrete products before full-scale demolition begins. Protecting workers should be paramount for every business owner and our asbestos testing laboratory in Sydney is ready to help. Using our laboratory ensures quick results that are cost-effective and accurate. Testing for asbestos not only protects workers and their families but also safeguards anyone living or working near the work site from airborne particles.

Our Capabilities

Environmental & Laboratory Solutions was established in 2010 to provide asbestos testing for any size business. Our experienced consultants are trained to provide pre-demolition asbestos surveys and risk assessment. We will efficiently process your samples quickly, offering you the answers to keep your project on track. Our top of the line equipment is always up to date offering reliable calibrations for your testing needs. We understand the constantly changing regulations regarding health and safety and strive to ensure our clients receive impartial, practical advice for their demolition project.

Environmental & Laboratory Solutions is ready to assist you with asbestos testing. Our experienced staff has over 30 years of combined experience to test for asbestos in any material. Contact us to speak with a consultant regarding your project. We can handle any size project thus ensuring the health and safety of all involved.

Asbestos Testing Brisbane

Health, Safety and the Importance of Asbestos Sample Testing in Brisbane Northside

At Environmental and Laboratory Solutions (ELS), the goal and chief purpose of our business is to protect the health and safety of our clients, their workers and the public at large. We ensure this safety by providing an array of laboratory testing services—including asbestos testing and mould contamination testing—to businesses throughout the Brisbane area.

Australia and the Commonplace Nature of Asbestos

Many business owners—and property owners in general—wrongly assume that asbestos is no longer a problem in Australia. There is a good reason behind this misconception: asbestos has been the subject of a blanket ban in Australia since 31st December 2003. Asbestos has been illegal in Australia, in other words, for a decade and a half.

Even before then, asbestos was not being used in most construction projects. The health risks of asbestos minerals were well known by the time it was banned. However, Australia didn’t halt the mining of asbestos until 1984. According to the Australian Government, Australia ‘had one of the highest rates of asbestos use per person in the world,’ through the mid-1980s when it fell out of favour. The result of this incredibly high usage means that asbestos can still be found, in some form, in many buildings constructed before 1990.

Therein lies some of the importance of asbestos testing in Brisbane. If your business is based in an older building, then assessing the asbestos risks of the space is essential. Is there asbestos on the premises? If so, does that asbestos pose an immediate health risk to you, your employees or your customers? What is your legal obligation if there are asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your building. ELS helps businesses answer these questions.

Planning Asbestos Removal with Our Asbestos Sample Testing in Brisbane

If it does prove that asbestos on your property is a risk, then some form of removal or remediation will very likely be necessary. ELS and our asbestos testing in Brisbane Northside goes beyond simple asbestos identification and can be instrumental in planning a safe removal process. Again, our top priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who might encounter asbestos fibres. Unfortunately, the asbestos removal process can actually increase the danger of asbestos—and widen the net of potential victims—if not planned and executed correctly.

ELS offers an array of consultancy services—including pre-demolition asbestos survey and risk assessments, asbestos removal scope of work, removal project management, monitoring of airborne asbestos fibres during removal work and clearance documentation. By providing these services, we can check all the boxes on asbestos management and removal, minimising risks and doing everything possible to protect workers and bystanders alike.

Asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a problem. At ELS, we provide services designed to help property owners deal with this problem in a safe, responsible and legally compliant fashion. To engage our services for asbestos sample testing in Brisbane, contact our team today.

Asbestos Air Testing

Asbestos Air Monitoring for Brisbane and Queensland

Asbestos was once used in thousands of products in the construction of buildings and homes as a fireproofing agent. It was also used in car parts for its heat resistant properties. However, despite efforts to safely use asbestos, these small mineral fibres found their way into the human body, triggering life-threatening diseases. Keeping workers safe is the goal of Environmental & Laboratory Solutions. Our asbestos air monitoring team in Brisbane ensures Queensland workers are safe from the deadly effects of encountering asbestos in the workplace.

What is Asbestos and Why is it Used?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring thin, fibrous mineral that has been mined for thousands of years. Its appealing properties prompted large-scale mining at the end of the 19th century. Asbestos was found to have soundproofing capabilities and is resistant to electricity, fire, and heat. It was also quite affordable. Its fireproofing properties were attractive to industries such as car manufacturers and construction as well as the power and chemical industries.

Products Containing Asbestos

The construction industry added Asbestos to many materials. Because of its heat-resistant properties, asbestos was the perfect product to insulate electric wiring. It reinforced plasters, caulking compounds, paint, and cement. Its flame retardant properties were useful in roofing and flooring products and a fire-retardant coating for steel girders. Vehicle brake pads and linings also benefit from the use of asbestos.

Asbestos Air Monitoring

When workers start the demolition, a process associated with remodelling older homes and buildings, they run the risk of uncovering forgotten asbestos. It is essential to protect these workers by providing asbestos air monitoring to ensure no long-term effects. When breaking through old drywall or pulling up old laminate flooring, the asbestos used in the products becomes airborne, settling on skin and clothing. Staff can easily inhale these small fibres into their lungs. Detecting the fibres in the air before jeopardising worker’s health is vital. By providing asbestos air monitoring in Queensland, you ensure a safe working environment for your team and yourself.

How We Can Help

Environmental & Laboratory Solutions was established in 2010 to provide superior service to clients needing to comply with constantly changing regulations. We offer asbestos air monitoring for companies in Brisbane to ensure compliance and safety for workers. Our experienced consultants can manage any size health and safety project. We operate our own laboratory which saves our clients time and money getting the results quickly in a cost-effective manner. Our equipment is top of the line offering up to date calibrations and reliability.

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is paramount to a successful operation. Providing a safe working environment with asbestos air monitoring protects everyone involved, from the worker to their families. Environmental & Laboratory Solutions is here to safeguard workers by providing asbestos air monitoring solutions to keep them and their families safe. Contact us to discuss your concerns with one of our highly trained staff.

Asbestos Lab Testing Brisbane

Stay Compliant and Safe with the Help of Environmental and Laboratory Solutions and Our Asbestos Testing Lab in Brisbane

When it comes to asbestos, it can be exceedingly difficult for businesses to keep up with their compliance obligations under Australian Regulations. If there is asbestos on the premises, is the business safe or even legally allowed to continue operating out of that space? If removal is necessary, what steps are required to ensure that the asbestos is removed and remediated properly? These questions and many others are asked time and time again by companies of all shapes and sizes. At Environmental and Laboratory Solutions (ELS), we can provide helpful solutions thanks to our asbestos testing lab in Brisbane.

Finding the Answers and Services You Need with Our Asbestos Testing

Asbestos testing is one of the core functions we serve at ELS, and in more ways than you think. Yes, we can help you determine if there is asbestos in your building or on your property. However, our capabilities also go beyond just verifying whether asbestos is a concern. For instance, if there is asbestos in your building or on your property and a removal project is underway, we can use our asbestos lab in Brisbane to provide a thorough pre-demolition survey and risk assessment. This assessment then plays a central role as removers and remediators work to strategise safe and compliant ways to address the challenge at hand.

We can also play a role during the removal process. One of the biggest concerns of any asbestos removal project, for instance, is the presence of airborne asbestos fibres. Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) typically fall into one of two categories: friable and non-friable. Non-friable asbestos is relatively stable and is much easier to remove without introducing new health and safety risks. Friable essentially means ‘breakable’ or ‘easily crumbled.’ Friable ACMs crumble so easily that you can reduce them to powder with no tool more powerful than your hands. Asbestos in this form is incredibly dangerous, as the microscopic fibres can easily escape into the air and be inhaled by workers or bystanders alike.

As such, one of the crucial functions of our asbestos testing laboratory in Brisbane is monitoring projects where airborne asbestos is a concern. These projects, if not handled properly, can introduce major health threats into the very air we breathe. By monitoring worksites and providing clearances for these projects, ELS helps ensure a safe environment for everyone involved and everyone nearby.

Engaging the Services of Our Asbestos Testing Laboratory in Brisbane Today

At ELS, we are prepared to put our asbestos lab in Brisbane at your service. We know that asbestos removal or remediation projects can be complex and difficult to plan. We also know that legislation in the field of Health and Safety is continually changing, to the point where many businesses struggle to keep up with what their legal obligations even are. ELS has the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to advise you on compliance and assist with the planning, implementation, monitoring and completion of asbestos removal projects.

Are you interested in learning more about us and our asbestos testing lab in Brisbane? Contact ELS today.

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