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Holiday Hours at CES

Kia ora koutou, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We certainly appreciate how challenging 2020 has been, and thank you for your ongoing business and support. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. Tēnā koa tiaki ia koe.
 
 
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
The laboratory will be closing on the 24th of December.
25th – 31st December – Closed
1st – 4th January – Closed
 
SEM Analysis is unavailable 18th December - 11th January.
 
EMERGENCY ADVICE OVER THE BREAK
Please phone the on-call Assessor – 022 566 3349
 
For all other enquiries please email admin@fibres.co.nz us and we will respond as soon as possible.
You can also find emergency contact details on our website www.fibres.co.nz.
 
If you have planned works over the period the on-call Assessor may be able to assist, feel free to contact us if you have any queries or wish to check availability for services. The main laboratory returns to normal opening hours on 5th 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 Decorative coatings and plasters. Our previous newsletters have covered asbestos cementasbestos insulation boards loose fill asbestosasbestos containing vinyl and asbestos containing putty. 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..
 
Decorative Coatings & Plasters
 
We are seeing an increase in plaster board (Gib board) samples, this building material does not contain asbestos. Gib stopping compounds and skim coats however has been found to be positive as have textured coatings of many different appearances. Decorative coatings and plasters are also known as textured coatings, stipple, popcorn ceiling, decorative plasters and plastered renders & stucco (usually external). Coatings are usually white or cream in colour unless painted, and may have a glitter like appearance. All types applied prior to the 1990’s may contain asbestos regardless of appearance. Most commonly Chrysotile (white) asbestos was added to the product as a binder to give strength and rigidity to the texture. The asbestos content is generally low. Some products were manufactured, some were hand mixed, the asbestos content of hand mixed is often not uniformly present. Representative and composite sampling from several locations is recommended. As with all ACMs, asbestos containing coatings pose the greatest risk when disturbed, and or when in poor condition such as regularly flaking. 

Decorative coatings should not be confused with "Sprayed Insulation Coatings" usually in commercial and industrial settings which were applied as fire protection and insulation. The asbestos content is usually very high, homogenous and considered extremely friable. 

Asbestos In The News

 

Staff applauded after Waiheke asbestos clean up.



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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
 
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