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Holiday Hours at CES

Our lab is open during the holiday period on non-statutory week days between 23rd December and 3rd January, opening hours will be limited to 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday. Feel free to continue sending in your samples and booking in urgent assessor work during this period.
Please let us know if you have planned works over the holiday period or feel free to contact us if you have any queries. We return to normal opening hours on 6th January. You can find emergency contact details for the festive period on our website These might change over the break so please check if you need us.
The Laboratory is closed for statutory holidays on:
Wednesday, 25th December
Thursday, 26th December
Wednesday, 1st January

Thursday, 2nd January

SEM Analysis is not available 19th December – 7th January.

Asbestos awareness is key to ensuring the health and safety of everyone, we hope you find the general information being provided about the more common asbestos containing materials (ACMs) found in our community helpful.
Below is some information on loose fill asbestos insulation. Our previous newsletters have covered asbestos cement and asbestos insulation boards. If you have a particular ACM you would like to hear more about or would like to book in an Asbestos Awareness course please let us know..
Loose fill Asbestos Insulation
Asbestos was generally considered an ideal material for almost all types of insulation as it's extremely resistant to heat, and the air between the mineral fibres slows down the transfer of heat through the material. The naturally occurring mineral has a unique fibrous nature that allows it to take on a fluffy cotton-like consistency.

Loose-fill asbestos is simply raw, crushed asbestos which was commonly used for ceiling insulation. It was designed to be poured into ceiling spaces, under floors or blown into hollow spaces inside walls and other building structures. Fluffy loose-fill asbestos insulation is considered dangerous and extremely friable because even a slight air current can disturb it, sending respirable asbestos fibres into the air. While this type of insulation was more popular in Australia than New Zealand, there is some risk in properties built during the second half of the twentieth century.

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Sampling Recommendation
We recommend sending larger sample sizes (approximately 5cm x 5cm or 25cm²) or a composite of smaller samples for the materials below due to uneven distribution of asbestos fibres.
Vinyl and backing material (adhesive/paper) - Damp proof course - Textured coatings - Hardie boards - Decramastic roof tiles (include metal sheeting)
Samples should be individually double bagged and clearly labelled
Concerned about asbestos in your home? Need Advice?
Contact a health protection officer at the public health unit of your local district health board for advice.
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