Also known as location and assessment asbestos inspections and presumptive asbestos inspections, Type 1 asbestos inspections identify suspected asbestos materials without taking samples.

Presumptive asbestos inspection is one of the most economical ways to obtain an asbestos inspection compliant with NSW legislation.

The presence and type of asbestos can only be determined by taking samples and testing using polarised light microscopy.

Type 1 asbestos inspections presume that the material contains asbestos, which reduces cost by deferring asbestos testing before demolition or refurbishment.

Once identified, the location of the suspected asbestos containing materials (ACM) is documented within an asbestos register along with a risk assessment based on the type, friability, surface treatment and condition of the asbestos, the occupant activity including location, frequency and duration as well as potential maintenance of the suspected asbestos material.

Type 1 asbestos inspections are ideal for pre purchase asbestos inspections since no damage will be caused to surface finishes, which is otherwise required during sampling for Type 2 asbestos inspections.

But Type 1 asbestos inspections also have their limitations as all materials identified during the inspection that may potentially have asbestos, must be treated as though containing asbestos.

This may require new management plans, labelling and annual inspections or expensive removal costs, which may impact the overall spending. The additional cost of Type 2 sampling inspections may actually save money in the long term.

Only NATA accredited asbestos inspection bodies should be engaged to undertake inspections.

Safe Environments is a Type A inspection body accredited by NATA and complies with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO.IEC 17020 (2000) for asbestos inspections. Safe Environments conducts asbestos inspections in NSW, Sydney, ACT and Canberra.

Safe Environments asbestos inspection reports are produced in accordance with the requirements of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces.

Asbestos Check is a division of Safe Environments.