What is Asbestos?
- Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance made of silicate mineral forming part of a rock and comes in several different types – chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite.
- Asbestos exposure is dangerous because Asbestos fibers are microscopic (roughly .02 the diameter of a human hair), and therefore, are easily inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibers cling to the respiratory system, including the lining of the lungs and inner cavity tissue and have been directly and scientifically linked to a number of terminal lung and respiratory health conditions.
- It’s hard to identify what is Asbestos as the fibres are microscopic in nature, however are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns.
- Asbestos was commonly used for building materials where Asbestos fibres were mixed in with other materials to form a bonded Asbestos product such as Asbestos cement, fibro and lino tiles. But not all of these products contain Asbestos – so its hard to determine ‘What is Asbestos‘ in a home without laboratory testing.
- Asbestos was used in a house indoor and outdoor – wall sheeting, eaves, carport ceilings, corrugated roofing and fencing, sheeting in the bathroom, laundry, kitchen walls and ceilings from the 60s until the late 1980s when it was banned.
- While Asbestos is commonly found in older building materials, you cannot tell what is Asbestos when in a bonded product – you need to have a laboratory test to identify Asbestos in this form.
We are often asked – ‘What is Asbestos in a house?’ It is impossible to determine what is Asbestos when it is in a bonded material without without a laboratory test. Enviroscience enables you to DIY sample and send to us to test for Asbestos in our NATA accredited Asbestos Lab. Click the button below to download.
What is Asbestos in your home?
People often ask what is Asbestos? – it’s hard to identify what is Asbestos as the Asbestos fibres are microscopic in nature. Asbestos fibres were often mixed with another material such as cement to form stronger, more durable, fire and chemical resisitant building products. This was one of the reasons Asbestos was such a widely used product.
According to research 2 out of 3 houses built prior to 1987 were likely to have Asbestos containing materials. Asbestos was widely used in home construction from 1950 through to the mid 1980’s. As it’s so difficult to know what is Asbestos products, the only way to be sure is to have a laboratory test which you can do with our DIY Asbestos Test Kit.
Find out what is Asbestos
Don’t take risks on your or your staff’s or family’s health and safety. Contact us now to find out how we can help you manage and assist you to determine what is Asbestos in your home.
Enviroscience also offer a DIY Asbestos Test kit – download the kit here and send your sample to us for Asbestos testing for $80 per sample including free postage for Australian customers
Asbestos testing is undertaken using our in-house laboratory services, which are NATA accredited for Asbestos testing and identification, using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) for bulk sample Asbestos analysis or Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) for air samples. It is in the Lab we determine what is Asbestos.
You can find further information about identifying & handling asbestos at www.asbestosawareness.com.au
Regional Enviroscience are the Asbestos testing specialists, identifying Asbestos, Asbestos air monitoring, site remediation and Asbestos management plans. We independently identify, monitor and assist you to manage or remove Asbestos and other hazardous material & substances in commercial, community and residential locations.