If unsure of the age of the material as to whether it contains asbestos, it needs to be tested in a laboratory.
We will collect a sample for you and report back with a written result, often by the next day, for a cost of $160 plus GST. We can use either of the labs below.
Alternatively, for those in the Auckland region, you can do it yourself by going to Dowdell & Associates at 4 Cain Road, Penrose, Auckland or Hill Laboratories at 28 Heather St., Parnell, Auckland and delivering the sample in person. It will need to be double bagged and about a tablespoon full for approximately $129 plus GST.
However, as a guideline we know that it’s use in textured ceilings was prohibited in 1983. I know this for a fact as we were spraying textures up then and we had difficulty for six months getting our texture to stay up on the ceilings as the new formulations were being worked out.
So any ceiling texture manufactured after 1983 do not have asbestos in them and those 1983 or earlier most likely did. Our company actually manufactured spray on textures before they went out of fashion.
Fibrolite was pretty well in the clear from the very late 80’s when asbestos was dropped from its use altogether. Lino was much the same, but a few still went down in the early 90’s containing asbestos.
Management & Demolition Surveys
It is a legal requirement that all demolition removals require a survey by a registered asbestos surveyor. This is regardless of whether asbestos is present or not. His job is to issue a report and give it to the client who in turn would provide the report to the asbestos removing companies to give a quote.
A management report is for a business premises and this survey identifies the presence of asbestos. It then makes recommendation as to whether it should be removed or recommendation as to how the asbestos should be managed if not requiring removal.
All jobs at some point of the process will receive an inspection to see that it is done to meet Worksafe requirements. This can be swabs, a visual inspection or an air-test, depending on what has been done and the requirement. These inspections are carried out by an independent person known as an assessor and when the job is passed by him or her you will be sent a clearance certificate, with that report you will know the area worked on is now safe for re-entry. It is now up to you to appoint an assessor, but your removalist will be able to organise one for you if you preferred.
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