Hill Laboratories (Hills) are IANZ accredited to analyse and report suspected asbestos containing materials (ACM), asbestos in soil in accordance with Western Australian and Australian National Environmental Protection Measure (NEPM) and asbestos fibre counting generated during air monitoring events. Asbestos is a natural silica fibre which was a popular constituent in building materials used up until the mid-1980s (and even the early 90s for some products) in much of the world including New Zealand. Current worldwide medical evidence has shown that asbestos is hazardous to human health through the inhalation of airborne fibres.
As a result of the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequent rebuild process, the need to keep workers and residents safe from asbestos inhalation hazards was recognised. Hills responded by developing an Asbestos Laboratory located in the Christchurch area providing fast sample turnaround time and reporting.
Another New Zealand tragedy, the Pike River coal mine disaster has sparked the New Zealand Health and Safety Reform Bill which came into effect April 4, 2016.
Based on the resulting Act, recognition of ACM and its condition will become intrinsic in commercial structures as rules around Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) come into effect. The new Act will provide power to WorkSafe to hold PCBU ‘S, responsible for any persons exposure to asbestos or other hazardous materials.
Hills offer the following asbestos analyses:
Asbestos Identification in Bulk Materials – Analyses of suspected asbestos containing materials, typically building materials or demolition debris.
Asbestos Fibre Counting – IANZ Accredited - Hills offer this service for air monitoring associated with asbestos abatement and air quality studies.
Asbestos Identification in Soils – Implementation of laboratory methods described under AS 4964 2004, the NEPM and Guidelines for the Assessment , Remediation and Management of Asbestos –Contaminated Sites in Western Australia.
Hills use New Zealand Couriers for sample delivery, call to arrange sample pick-up at your facility or project site. To minimise the Health and Safety risk and risk of sample cross contamination, please ensure that all suspected asbestos samples are individually double bagged in plastic ziplock bags for delivery to the laboratory. The lab can provide these for you on request.
Hill Laboratories are able to provide sample containers for asbestos in soil analysis and 25 mm Plastic Sampling heads/cowls for fibre counting analyses.