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Asbestos air monitoring tests for respirable asbestos fibres in the air, , performed by Safe Environments , assist in assessing exposure and the effectiveness of control measures. This is generally undertaken where asbestos containing products are in a poor condition, potentially liberating asbestos fibres into the air, or where asbestos containing materials are being removed.

Differing types of asbestos testing on offer from Safe Environments:

Background asbestos air monitoring:

  • This type of asbestos testing involves testing the air for respirable fibres prior to work which may disturb known asbestos materials
  • This asbestos testing system may be conducted to determine if other fibres may be present in the air
Exposure asbestos air monitoring tests:
  • Exposure asbestos air monitoring tests assess the air in a person's breathing zone to to determine a person's likely exposure to respirable asbestos fibres
  • Exposure monitoring and testing is designed to reliably estimate the person's exposure, so that it may be compared with the national exposure standard
Control asbestos air monitoring:
  • Control asbestos air monitoring involves testing the air to measure the level of respirable airborne asbestos fibres in an area during work on asbestos containing materials
  • Control monitoring is designed to test the effectiveness of control measures while work or removals is undertaken on asbestos containing materials
Clearance asbestos air monitoring:
  • This form of asbestos testing tests the air to measure the level of airborne asbestos fibres in an area following work or removal of asbestos containing materials.
  • An area is ‘cleared' when the level of airborne asbestos fibres is measured as being below 0.01 fibres/mL
Safe Environments carries out asbestos air monitoring and testing services in accordance with the document entitled Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Fibres 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 3003 (2005)].  Their laboratory analysts participate in the National Asbestos Program NAP which is run by a division of NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities). This program seeks to test and monitor the competance of asbestos fibre counting analysts.

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