Asbestos Survey

EAPL is an independent environmental consultancy specialising in hazardous materials management and deliver impartial trusted advice and professional services to our clients both national and international.

EAPL holds full NATA ISO 17020 accreditation for undertaking surveys of buildings for Hazardous Materials. This includes collecting samples of suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACM) for subsequent analysis in our NATA accredited laboratory and the preparation and issue of NATA endorsed Registers and Management Plans.

Bulk Sampling

EAPL is NATA accredited to undertake the sampling and collection of material suspected to contain asbestos. The samples are delivered to EAPL’s main NATA accredited laboratory for analysis. The sample taken is representative of the material sampled, uniquely identified, transported, analysed and reported in accordance with Safe Work Australia Guidelines, relevant Statutory Regulations, Codes of Practice and EAPL’s inspection procedures.

Asbestos Surveys

EAPL offer 3 types of NATA endorsed Asbestos Inspection:

  • Material Assessment (non-Destructive)
  • Management Survey (non-Destructive)
  • Refurbishment / Demolition Survey (Destructive)

Material Assessment (non-Destructive)

This is the assessment of the condition of specific asbestos containing materials (ACM) and their ability to release fibres within a building. It does not represent a full survey of a building but is carried out to determine whether a specific situation (e.g. wall, ceiling etc.) represents a risk. It is non-destructive.

Management Survey (non-Destructive)

A Management Survey is the standard survey required during the normal occupation and use of a building to ensure proper management of the in-situ ACM. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence any suspect ACM in a building, which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation.

Representative samples are taken and analysed for the presence of asbestos. Samples of suspect ACM are collected and analysed to confirm or refute the suspicion.

A Management Survey involves an assessment of the condition of the various ACM and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed. This assessment helps to judge the potential for fibre release of ACM and to prioritise the need for action as part of a plan for managing asbestos in buildings.

A Management Survey must, as far as is reasonably practicable, identify all ACM within the agreed survey area. Therefore, the areas accessed and inspected will normally include, for example, underfloor coverings, above false ceilings (ceiling voids), lofts, inside risers, service ducts and lift shafts, basements, cellars, underground rooms, undercrofts (this list is not exhaustive).

A Management Survey allows “Persons with Control” or “persons conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBUs), to safely manage asbestos in compliance with relevant Statutory Regulations, Safe Work Australia Guidelines and approved Codes of Practice.

Refurbishment / Demolition Survey (Destructive)

A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey is required where refurbishment work or other work involving disturbing the fabric of a building is carried out. Its purpose is to locate, as far as is reasonably practicable, all ACM in a building or part of a building and may involve destructive inspection to gain access to voids and concealed surfaces.

The survey strategy is similar to that for Management Surveys but require a more intensive approach than the non-invasive Management Survey. A full sampling program is undertaken to identify possible ACMs and estimates of the volume and surface areas of the ACM made.

The Refurbishment /Demolition Survey is designed to be used as the basis of tendering the removal of ACM from the building before demolition or major refurbishment. Therefore no assessment of the condition of the asbestos is made other than to note areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be expected to be present.

A Refurbishment /Demolition Survey requires a higher level of competence and knowledge than a Management Survey due to its exacting nature and increased health and safety risks.

EAPL’s experienced surveyors carry out inspections in accordance with:

  • AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17020:2013 for the inspection of hazardous materials including asbestos
  • General Criteria for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection (ISO/IEC17020:2012)
  • UK HSG 264 – Asbestos: The Survey Guide,
  • UK HSG 227- A comprehensive guide to Managing Asbestos in premises
  • NATA Accredited in-house procedures

Collected samples are analysed in our NATA accredited laboratory in accordance with:

  • Method for the Qualitative Identification of Asbestos Containing Materials (AS4964),
  • UK HSG 248 – Asbestos, The Analysts Guide for Sampling, Analysis and Clearance Procedures
  • NATA Accredited in-house procedures, using Polarised Light Microscopy (PLM) and Dispersion Staining (DS)

Assurance of Quality

For the purposes of inspection, EAPL is a Type A Inspection Body: i.e. not linked to any party directly involved in design, manufacture, ownership, use or maintenance of the establishments it surveys.

As an additional assurance of service quality, as well as NATA accreditation to ISO 17025 & 17020, EAPL’s Integrated Management System is also accredited to the following Australian and international standards:

  • Quality: AS/NZS ISO 9001: 2008
  • Health and Safety: AS/NZS 4801: 2001 and OHSAS 18001: 2007
  • Environmental: AS/NZS ISO 14001: 2004

NATA-Logo-SmallAccredited for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020

Why Choose Emission Assessments (EAPL) to carry out your Asbestos Survey?

  • EAPL is a NATA accredited TYPE A Inspection Body
  • EAPL’s Asbestos Surveys, Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans are NATA endorsed
  • EAPL’s Asbestos, Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans comply with the national Code of Practice and Chapter 8 of the model Work, Health and Safety Regulations (2011).
  • EAPL’s reports are presented in easily understood format
  • EAPL is a NATA accredited testing facility for Asbestos Fibre Counting and Asbestos Fibre Identification in materials and soil
  • EAPL holds $10m of professional indemnity insurance & $20m of public liability insurance

EAPL will conduct a free desktop audit to ensure an existing Asbestos Register and/or Management Plan complies with current regulations.

To organise a desktop audit or arrange an Asbestos Survey Contact EAPL on:
08 94942958