Submit a Sample

Our team can assist with asbestos sampling attending your site and safely sample the material of concern. The sample will be brought back immediately to our Laboratory for analysis to meet your turnaround requirements.

Please note that payment is required prior to release of the report for COD clients.

Alternatively, you may submit the samples to Alpha Environmental Suite 205, 134 Cambridge Street, COLLINGWOOD, VIC 3066 via mail, courier or hand delivered, along with a completed Chain of Custody (COC).

Please ensure the sample is individually double-bagged for health and safety reasons. Alpha will not accept samples that are not correctly packaged and labelled.

Sample receipt cut-off time is 16:00 for same day results by COB dependent on the sample volume and matrix. Contact the Alpha Team to confirm availability for your urgent services.

Download our sample receipt work instruction and COC for further information on sample size, packaging, labelling and turnaround time requirements.

Alpha Sample Receipt Work Instruction Alpha Asbestos COC Template

Asbestos Lab Services

Asbestos Identification in Bulk and Non-Homogeneous Samples 

Polarised Light Microscopy (PLM) is the primary method for asbestos identification due to its simplicity, low cost and detection limits. In conjunction with the Dispersion Staining (DS) technique to determine the various optical properties of a fibre.  

Bulk samples can be classified as manufactured or processed products, including solid and dust matrices, or naturally occurring minerals such as ores and soils. 

Non-homogeneous samples are bulk samples containing small, discrete amounts of asbestos distributed unevenly in a large body of non-asbestos material for e.g., soil, ores, dust samples.  


Asbestos Fibre Counting 

Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) is the primary method for asbestos fibre counting. Airborne asbestos fibres are collected by drawing air through a membrane filter with an air sampling pump.  

The filter is then prepared and analysed at our asbestos laboratory to determine the potential concentration levels of airborne asbestos fibres in the given area from asbestos air monitoring.