The only way to be certain that something contains asbestos is to have a sample tested in a laboratory. Treat all suspected asbestos as asbestos until test results confirm otherwise.
It is strongly recommended that you use a licensed professional to collect samples of suspected asbestos for testing. A list of licensed asbestos removalists is available on the NT WorkSafe website.
All asbestos testing should be done by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited facility. NATA accreditation is formal recognition that the facility produces reliable technical results.A list of NATA accredited facilities is available on the NATA website.
Although it is not recommended, if you decide to take a sample yourself, it is important that you do it safely to make sure that you do not expose yourself or others to asbestos fibres.If you are considering taking an asbestos sample yourself, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency recommends the following steps.Equipment you will need:
The required equipment should be available at your local hardware store.