Asbestos Fibre Counting

Asbestos Fibre Counting

Monitor health and safety on-site with asbestos air sampling.

Asbestos is a fibreglass material that breaks or flakes off when disturbed. These microscopic pieces can be inhaled as they drift through the air, presenting a major health hazard to all those on-site.

Asbestos air sampling is vital for demolition or building sites where the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) has been confirmed. It helps determine if the ACMs have been disturbed enough to inject asbestos into the air and how much asbestos has flaked away.

At Consultex Laboratories, we offer quick and reliable asbestos fibre counting and air sampling services to help keep your site safe. Contact us to arrange your same-day service, or book a free consultation before breaking ground.

What is asbestos fibre counting and air sampling?

Air sampling involves a known quantity of air being drawn through a membrane filter. The filter catches any airborne fibres in the process, allowing our skilled technicians to count how many there are. Air sampling and fibre counting are typically reserved for monitoring health and safety on sites where ACMs are known to be present.

Our IANZ-accredited lab technicians use Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) to analyse any fibres caught in the filter. From there, we deliver results that indicate the presence or absence of asbestos in the air and how many fibres were found.

Due to the hazardous nature of asbestos in air samples, we offer urgent processing of all air samples as well as equipment hire for safe sample collection. I

f you are beginning work on a building or demolition site where asbestos has been found, please contact us to arrange regular sampling to keep yourself and your crew safe.

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NZ Owned & Operated

Founded and operated in New Zealand, Consultex Laboratories provides reliable asbestos sampling services nationwide. Get in touch with us to keep you and your crew safe on-site.

Urgent or Same Day Service

Get fast turnaround and accurate results with IANZ-accredited lab technicians. Stay safe with regular check-ins or arrange quick samples before beginning work.

Qualified Technicians

Accuracy is vital when asbestos is present. Our qualified lab technicians have years of experience identifying asbestos in air samples, allowing you to proceed safely.

Frequently Asked Questions about Asbestos Testing

Why is asbestos air sampling important on work sites?

When the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) has been confirmed, air sampling helps ensure ACMs don’t damage the health of the crew on-site. Once disturbed, ACMs can send harmful fibres flying into the air to be inhaled, so monitoring is also vital across the course of a project.

Why is asbestos in the air harmful?

Once inhaled, asbestos fibres can cause a number of harmful respiratory conditions. Historically, asbestos has been linked to lung cancers, short-term respiratory distress, and more.

How is asbestos air sampling conducted?

Specialist equipment is required to sample air for asbestos. Once set up on-site, the equipment draws air through a membrane, catching any fibres on the membrane to be analysed. Lab technicians used microscopy techniques to identify asbestos in the air sample and count the fibres to determine if the quantity is hazardous.

Keep your work or demolition site safe with fast asbestos fibre counting.

Arrange regular asbestos air sampling with the team at Consultex Labs to keep your crew safe from the hazards of this dangerous material.

Our qualified technicians are on hand to help you handle the presence of ACMs on site, so get in touch with us about your needs today.

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