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The physical properties of Asbestos relating to its strength, durability and resistance to fire and water, meant that from the 1920’s until the mid-1980’s asbestos was widely used in building products and materials. As a result asbestos is prevalent throughout many New Zealand homes and workplaces. This presents a problem particularily during the renovation or demolition of buildings constructed during this period.

Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one killer in the workplace, with around 170 people a year dying from asbestos-related diseases in New Zealand, mainly as a result of exposure to asbestos during demolition or renovation.

We are able to offer a range of test methods for determining asbestos levels in air, housing materials, road asphalt, soil, water and dust, as follows:

  • AS4964 - 2004: Method for the Qualitative identification of asbestos in bulk/soil samples (Standards Australia 2004): Qualitative presence/absence test method
  • AS4964 - 2004: Method for the Qualitative identification of asbestos in bulk/soil samples (Standards Australia 2004): Qualitative method nominal reporting limit of 0.01%
  • WA Method: Guidelines for the Assessment, Remediation and Management of Asbestos-Contaminated Sites in Western Australia (WA Department of Health, May 2009): 0.001% w/w
  • Draft Blue-book Method: DL = < 0.001%