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: