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.
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.