Where can material get tested to determine if it is asbestos?
If the building is a place of work and the presence of asbestos is suspected, the employer is responsible for having the material tested by an accredited laboratory.
Generally, this would involve sending a small sample in a sealed plastic bag to the laboratory, with the requisite fee. Accredited laboratories are listed in the Yellow Pages – under Asbestos.
Advice should first be sought from the Department of Labour or Public Health Unit.
The testing laboratory report should specify:
- the sample identification number;
- the analysis method used;
- a description of the sample appearance;
- proportion, if known, and type of asbestos present;
- comment on other materials detected.
If asbestos is identified, expert advice should be sought on how to deal with it. In some cases it may be necessary for air in a place of work to be tested for asbestos dust.
Home-owners who are concerned about the possible presence of asbestos are advised to follow the same procedures as above.
Date Modified: Tuesday, 7 December 2010
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