Are there structures on your site that are exposing you to harmful contaminants like asbestos? Without testing, it’s impossible to tell. NSW councils require all hazardous materials to be removed from site structures before a demolition or renovation can begin.


Delivered by a qualified environmental expert, a HMS is the first step to protecting your people from exposure and potentially saving you thousands of dollars in unnecessary remediation costs. Learn more about Hazardous Material Surveys and why it gives tenants, homeowners and business leaders the ultimate peace of mind.

We test & classify hazardous material within days.


When do you need a Hazardous Materials Survey (HMS)?


Sites that are old, have a history of potential contamination or appear to be hazardous may prompt homeowners and business leaders to seek professional advice. You may also be planning development, demolition or refurbishments and realise a HMS must first be conducted. The fear of harmful contamination in nearby structures, like asbestos in walls or roof cavities and lead painted structures, can cause acute stress and anxiety. However, it’s important not to jump to conclusions. This is why a HMS is your first step towards peace of mind.

Before demolitions or renovations can start, a HMS is a common council requirement to help prevent the spread of hazardous materials within site structures. A HMS will usually test site structures for a range of contaminants, including: 

  • Asbestos containing materials (ACM).
  • Lead Paint.
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB).
  • Synthetic Mineral Fibre (SMF).
  • Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).
  • Fuel storage above and underground storage tanks. 

Hazardous Material Surveys (HMS) can only be undertaken by a qualified provider with ISO accreditation and NATA laboratory testing. A specialised expert, such as a Licensed Asbestos Assessor, may need to review the report if specific contamination has been found.  

For construction and development projects, a HMS must be undertaken before any demolition, refurbishment or removal of hazardous materials. This is to obtain a complete understanding of the contamination and provide remediation advice. The health and safety of your people is the top priority, regardless of project timelines, making a prompt HMS vital for peace of mind.

Jumping to conclusions can be costly. You might not have contamination, potentially saving thousands in unnecessary removal expenses. If you suspect hazardous materials, testing is the first step.

Before demolition starts, protect your people and community with a HMS report.

What should you expect from a HMS?


The delivery of a HMS can vary in quality. Here are a few basic guidelines you can expect from your HMS provider:

  • Testing is conducted within days, not weeks. Once a Hazardous Materials Survey has been booked, an environmental service provider should be able to visit your site within days to sample high-risk structures and relevant areas around your site. HMS testing should take place in NATA accredited laboratories and you should expect results within 1 week. 
  • A qualified expert manages the whole process. It’s crucial to use an experienced, qualified environmental expert that’s capable of handling all types of hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Make sure your HMS provider is accredited and all licences are still valid. 

  • Your site remains clean and tidy. Although structural samples must be taken, you can expect your site to be respected and left in a very similar state. Make sure your environmental expert has positive customer reviews that show they keep sites clean and tidy throughout the sampling process.
  • Guidance on next steps if hazardous materials are found. The HMS expert should explain your current position and potential options, while answering any questions or fears you have. They should be able to reassure you of a safe and fast path forward to remediating hazardous materials from your site.  

What happens if your HMS finds contamination?


The results are in. If your report clears your site from contamination, you’ve just potentially saved thousands in remediation costs and restored peace of mind. If HAZMAT has been identified on your site, you’ve already made a crucial first step towards removal and safeguarding your community.

The HMS report will give you specific locations where HAZMAT was found, along with recommended steps for containment and removal of pollutants to safe levels. If you’ve engaged a Licensed Asbestos Assessor, you may be advised to seek support from an environmental consulting provider (like us). 

NEO Consulting: rapid HMS delivery for sites all over Greater Sydney


NEO Consulting creates HMS for residential and commercial sites across Greater Sydney and NSW. Our local team of qualified environmental experts can be on site within days and return your HMS report within 1 week. If you’re planning a demolition or renovation, speak to us about HMS and other environmental needs. We’ll get your project moving forward.


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Some HMS related regulations we follow:


  • How To Manage and Control Asbestos In The Workplace Code of Practice
  • How To Safely Remove Asbestos Code of Practice
  • Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004
  • Dangerous Substances Act 2004
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Work Health and Safety Regulations 2017
  • National Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Synthetic Mineral Fibre [NOHSC:2006(1990)]
  • National Standard for Synthetic Mineral Fibres [NOHSC:1004(1990)]