Asbestos Sampling Techniques
Before taking samples please assess the condition of the material to see if fibre release may occur. If it is in a deteriorated condition, contact 0800 4 72675 to speak to a professional about undertaking the sampling. The asbestos sampling kit is intended to provide you with an indication of potential risks and does not constitute an asbestos survey.
Other Equipment which may be required
- Needle nose pliers, knife or chisel;
- Paint brush;
- Damp cloth or mist spray; and
- Drop sheet.
When taking your samples please follow EACH step below in the order outlined:
- Assess the area to be sampled and clear away furniture, toys, etc if required;
- Put down a drop sheet and set up a ladder if required;
- Check PPE for any factory defects, if all suitable put on the PPE provided in the following order: overalls, mask, pull up the hood on the coveralls, gloves;
- Dampen down the area to be sampled using a water spray or wet cloth;
- Take a representative sample of about 5cm square (use a Stanley knife blade, flat head screw driver, chisel or pliers, ensure tools are used correctly);
- Clean the tools with a wet wipe after each sample is taken to avoid cross contamination;
- Double bag each sample in the bags provided and ensure they are sealed;
- Once finished sampling, seal the area where the sample was taken with the GA998 adhesive provided. Apply the glue with a brush;
- When all samples have been taken, wipe down PPE with a wet wipe (standing on the drop sheet if one was used);
- Remove PPE and place in the zip lock plastic bag which the kit arrived with/in, start with the overalls turning them inside out as progressing, remove mask and then gloves. Place all wet wipes or other waste material in the bag and seal. Double bag the disposable material and place within the waste bin outside;
- Clearly label each sample bag with a sample location, date and name. If taking samples from multiple properties please identify which samples have come from which property on the sample bags;
- Complete the chain of custody form, including sample analysis payment method for additional samples; and
- Place the samples in the return envelope provided and post.
Waste should be disposed of to the general waste if results indicate no asbestos present in the samples, or should be dropped off at your local waste transfer station which should be able to accept asbestos containing materials.