Chalk me up for "insulation below wood heater". We plan to get the heater removed eventually, seeing as we have ducted central heating, and will definitely be calling in the experts when the time comes. - Mick0s
I thought this was an important point from the Asbestos awareness website: "Most people can’t tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them. Only scientific testing of a sample of material by an accredited National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) asbestos testing laboratory can confirm the presence of asbestos. For a NATA Lab List call 1800 621 666 or refer to their website at www.nata.com.au. When searching for an asbestos testing facility use a capital A in Asbestos." - Jason
In general, houses built between ‘70s - ‘90s have a relatively high chance of containing asbestos building material. e.g wall, floor, eaves, ceiling, etc. Using a NATA accredited asbestos identification lab is how to test samples for you if you are interested in finding out. There was no mention that an assessor could be sent, to appraise the risk of a domestic environment, so the place I contacted wanted homeowners to send them samples, but no advice on how to do it safely.
A sample should be double bagged using zig-lock bag, a small size of sample will be fine for the test (e.g 2cm x 2cm). Cost for asbestos identification testing when I checked was $50.00+ GST per sample, with a turn around time of two business days. - Andy_Mann
Lab test costs vary. I paid $55 + GST for each item sampled. That’s if you collect and prepare samples yourself and take them to the lab. If you call lab technicians to your site they charge upwards of $300 to collect samples and then test costs on top of that. - Reno-girl
If you think you have it in your home then always wear respirators when working with it. - woodenwookie