If you think you may have asbestos on your property Opira can assist with asbestos testing in a NATA approved laboratory.

Opira’s skilled technicians provide a full range of asbestos testing and asbestos survey services throughout the Australian and Pacific Regions, with branch offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

If you’d prefer to collect asbestos samples we can organise NATA asbetos testing in an approved laboratory. If you’re concerned about collecting or identifying asbestos on-site we are also available to conduct on-site asbestos surveys to determine potential sources of asbestos in your building.

Upon engagement, we issue a fully-documented asbestos test report that includes details of the test procedures and equipment used, analysis of asbestos test data. Where appropriate, we also report any remedial and/or preventative recommendations for future action.

NATA accreditation number

NATA Asbestos Accreditation (15597).

  • Counting of asbestos fibres

  • Identification of asbestos, mineral fibres (including synthetic) and organic fibres

See our official NATA accreditation

We are accredited to undertake any of the following services:

  • Asbestos Testing
  • Asbestos Audits / Surveys
  • Asbestos Register Updates
  • Asbestos Management Plans
  • Asbestos Analysis / Clearances
  •  Asbestos Air / Exposure Monitoring
  • Asbestos Demolition / Refurbishment Surveys
  • Management of Asbestos removal.

We would always advise where possible you use licensed asbestos professionals to undertake to sample however, we do accept samples for asbestos testing to NATA accredited standards via our sample submission link.

If you think you may have asbestos on your property Opira can assist with asbestos testing in a NATA approved laboratory.

A competent person should take the following steps to carry out a sampling:

STEP 1 – PREPARATION

  • Make sure no one else is in the vicinity when sampling is done.
  • Shut down any heating or cooling systems to minimize the spread of any released fibres.
  • Turn off any fans if you’re inside. If outside, then sample on a non-windy day.
  • Do not disturb the material any more than is needed to take a small sample.
  • Collect the equipment you will need for sampling, including pliers, resealable plastic bags, disposable coveralls, waterproof sealant, plastic drop sheet, water spray bottle P2 respirator, rubber gloves.

STEP 2 – TAKING THE SAMPLE

  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Put on respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
  • Wear a pair of disposable coveralls.
  • Lay down a plastic drop sheet to catch any loose material that may fall off while sampling.
  • Wet the material using a fine mist of water containing a few drops of detergent before taking the sample. The water/detergent mist will reduce the release of asbestos fibres.
  • Carefully cut a thumbnail piece from the entire depth of the material using the pliers.
  • For fibre cement sheeting, take the sample from a corner edge or along an existing hole
    or crack.
  • Place the small piece into the resealable plastic bag.
  • Double bag the sample, include the date and location and an asbestos caution warning.
  • Ensure the container has an airtight seal.
  • Carefully dispose of the plastic sheet.
  • Use a damp paper towel or rag to clean up any material on the outside of the container
    or around the area sampled.
  • Dispose of asbestos materials according to state or territory and local procedures.
  • Patch the sampled area with the smallest possible piece of duct tape to prevent fibre release.
  • Send the sample to Opira at 32 Dividend Street Mansfield QLD 4122

STEP 3 – CLEANING UP

  • Seal the edges with waterproof sealant where the sample was taken.
  • Carefully wrap up the plastic drop sheet with tape and then put this into another plastic rubbish bag.
  • Wipe down the tools and equipment with a dampened rag.
  • Place disposable gloves and coveralls into a rubbish bag, along with the damp rag and drop sheet.
  • Seal plastic bag.
  • Wash hands.
  • Keep RPE on until clean-up is completed.
  • Follow a decontamination procedure (personal washing) upon completion of the task

Friable materials (materials that may be broken or crushed with normal hand pressure allowing asbestos fibres to be released) must only be removed by a Class A licensed asbestos removalist. An independent licensed asbestos assessor must be engaged to undertake the asbestos air monitoring during the removal of the asbestos materials and conduct clearance inspections.

Bonded asbestos-containing materials > 10m2 must be removed by a Class B or Class A licensed asbestos removalist. An independent competent person or a licensed asbestos assessor must undertake the clearance inspection and issue the clearance report following the completed asbestos removal works.

Air monitoring must be conducted during the removal of friable asbestos materials and again for the clearance of the removal area(s). It is also highly recommended for asbestos air monitoring to be undertaken for B-Class non-friable asbestos removal works which may be close to public areas, other workers or to determine whether fibre suppression control measures are sufficient. Air monitoring must be conducted by a suitable experienced independent person.

Opira can assist with asbestos surveys, project management for asbestos removals, air monitoring and building asbestos surveys.