The Importance of Proper Protocol and Lab Equipment when Testing Asbestos

There are a lot of subcategories associated with the field of construction. These categories could include the various materials used to build a variety of structures including commercial buildings and residential homes. The materials used for construction are often regulated by protocols set in place by the governments of different countries. The use of asbestos for example, was brought into question when it was discovered that the small fibers making up this material could be inhaled. If the fibers entered into the lungs they could bring about serious health conditions. Asbestos testing is one way to guard against this health concern.

Safe Testing for Asbestos

Australia is one of the countries that takes the concern of asbestos seriously. This is why there are licensed agencies in areas such as Sydney, who provide professional testing. The testing of asbestos should be done in a fully certified and licensed lab. The equipment used for testing asbestos should use the latest in technology in order to provide the best determination in regards to safety. Using polarized light microscopy allows asbestos samples to be viewed in full detail. A certified lab should also be accredited by an organization in good standing such as the NATA.

Dealing with the Professionals

When it comes to asbestos testing it is better to ask questions first. Handling even a small amount of asbestos could release the fibers into the air if not handled properly. A professional testing service such as Airsafe, could have an online website where they provide information on how to properly collect and submit an asbestos sample for testing. Wearing a disposable dust mask and using hand tools such as pliers to obtain asbestos samples is highly recommended. It could also help to dampen the material with water to reduce airborne fibers before obtaining the sample piece.

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