FAMANZ provides a professional home for those practitioners providing services to the asbestos industry including: occupational hygienists, environmental consultants, asbestos removal contractors, building managers, Regulators (WHS and EPA), demolition contractors, C&D waste recycling industry, waste disposal industry, suppliers, and allied industries.

Key objectives of FAMANZ are to:

  • advance industry knowledge and understanding of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation;
  • improve the practice of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation and the knowledge, competence and standing of its practitioners;
  • advance education and training in relation to asbestos assessment, management, and remediation;
  • encourage and promote research into the assessment and management of asbestos and asbestos related diseases;
  • disseminate information, knowledge and research findings relating to the assessment, management, and remediation of asbestos;
  • promote the profession of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation; and
  • represent the profession of asbestos assessment, management, and remediation nationally and internationally.

FAMANZ Webinar | Asbestos quantification in soils in the updated WA Guidelines

FAMANZ invites you to attend our upcoming webinar presented by Pierina Otness and Matthew Deaves


Date: Thursday 29th April 2021

Times:  3:00pm AEST (5:00pm NZST, 2:30pm ACST, 1:00pm AWST)

Register on the FAMANZ website – look for the Events tab. Members should log on to the FAMANZ website before registering to ensure you receive member rates.

Asbestos in soil may represent an exposure risk where dust and fibres become airborne. But how much of a risk, and at what level of contamination?
This webinar discusses the difficulty with assessing and reliably reporting a quantitative estimate of asbestos in soil against the established 0.001% w/w asbestos in soil guideline.  The focus of the discussion will be on the analysis of asbestos fines soil samples in the laboratory. Asbestos fines are considered to include all asbestos fibres, fibre bundles and asbestos containing materials, including small fragments of bonded ACM, that are smaller than 7 mm x 7 mm.
The level of analysis at laboratories and the means of reporting results can vary greatly.  It is important that laboratories and their clients clearly understand the analytical methodology used to better interpret the information provided within laboratory reports.


Meet the Presenters

Pierina Otness, Department of Health MFAMANZ MAIOH

Pierina is experienced in the assessment and management of asbestos in both occupational & non-occupational environments.  She is currently the Senior Toxicologist in the Environmental Health Directorate, Department of Health Western Australia and is enrolled in a research Masters at UWA related to asbestos in the non-occupational environment.  Pierina will summarise the sampling and analytical methodology for asbestos fines in soil & discuss the interpretation of results.


Matthew Deaves, Eurofins

Matt is an experienced occupational and environmental professional in both the UK and Australia, specialising in hazardous materials management, risk assessment, contaminated land and the setup & management of NATA accredited laboratories.
Matt will discuss asbestos in soil analysis and reporting from the perspective of a large commercial laboratory.


The webinar will be recorded. A link to access the recording will be sent to all registered participants after the webinar.

Location: Zoom – your computer!

Cost: Free for FAMANZ members; $20 non members.

CPD Points: This event will count as 1/2 CPD point in Category B in your Continuous Professional Development programme.

 Unlock your asbestos business full potential

FAMANZ will work in conjunction with allied industry societies, regulators, government, and the community in Australia and New Zealand to raise the professional and ethical standards of professionals providing services to the asbestos management industry.

Our vision is to:

Minimise exposures to airborne respirable asbestos fibres for workers and the general public in Australia and New Zealand.

Pursue excellence for all those who practise in the asbestos assessment, management, and abatement professions;

Establish, develop and maintain standards of competence in asbestos assessment, management, and abatement for those who are members of FAMANZ

Act as the guardian of professional standards and ethics in the profession of asbestos assessment, management, and abatement.

Advancing Industry Knowledge

FAMANZ offers comprehensive courses to assist in the transfer of knowledge about all aspects of asbestos through training sessions online and in person.

Improve the practice of asbestos assessment

Information sessions and online resources are made available to our members to help improve the practice of asbestos assessment.

Encourage and Promote Research

Faculty of Asbestos Management of Australia & New Zealand can help you and your company grow with correct research procedures and processes.


FAMANZ strives to be the leading representative for the asbestos industry through training, knowledge, research, assistance and much more.


Identifibre Pty Ltd is a quality endorsed company, accredited by the National Association of Testing Authority (NATA) and SAI Global. Established in 1993 principally as a consultancy service in the field of asbestos hazard and risk management. Our multidisciplinary professional team have recognised expertise in the fields of asbestos and hazardous materials management, occupational hygiene and risk management. Our principal team members have in excess of seventy years experience in the asbestos management field.


Eurofins | Environment Testing has a 40-year history in providing excellence in environmental analytical services to the Australian market. Eurofins operate a network of NATA/IANZ accredited Environmental laboratories throughout Australia/NZ and is supported by a global network of more than 800 laboratories across 47 countries with 48,000 employees.

Thuroona Services provide an industry point of difference in project management, safety and have a proven history in complex asbestos remediation projects

Thuroona Services has significant experience and capabilities in the clean-up and management of all types of asbestos ranging from contaminated sites through to the remediation of buildings where structure fires result in friable asbestos contaminating large areas, chemical spills and environmental incidents resulting from heavy vehicle accidents involving dangerous goods on road and rail.

Thuroona & our sister company Hazrad Australia routinely manage emergency incidents on behalf of major transport companies, manufacturers and the various government agencies such as Main Roads. We put the health and safety of our clients and the local community above all else

Thuroona Services is licenced for Class A/Unrestricted asbestos in all Australian jurisdiction’s and manage all aspects of asbestos removal

Riskcom are a team of risk management specialists providing solutions across a wide spectrum of public and private sector industries. All of our consultants are experts in their disciplines with many years of practical experience. Using our expertise in the asbestos and hazardous materials industry, we can provide clients with a variety of asbestos related services including Division 5/Management and Division 6/Pre Demolition/Refurbishment assessments, asbestos abatement scopes of works development, project management, NATA accredited fibre counting air monitoring and visual clearance inspections. Through our associate network, we have the ability to provide these services across Australia and New Zealand.
ANZ Enviro is solutions-driven contracting business committed to offering a full strategic management package, working in partnership with our clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to fully understand, meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Key to the success of our projects, and our long-lasting relationships with clients, is our focus on customer care and delivering services with a high standard of professionalism.

Who is FAMANZ for?

occupational hygienists, asbestos removal contractors, environmental consultants, asbestos assessors / surveyors, property managers, demolition contractors, recycling industry operators, disposal contractors, suppliers, and allied industries.

Online Training Resources

IP402 International Proficiency Qualification

Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings

IP403 International Proficiency Qualification

Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM)

IP405 International Proficiency Qualification

Management of Asbestos in Buildings

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Making a difference across every sector of the asbestos management cycle our sponsorship will help ensure our industry is the safest in the world.

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