What We Do
In 2011 we began sending mail order, do it yourself (DIY) mould testing kits using classical microbiology sampled to Petri plates around Australia branded from biologicalhealthservices.com.au. Initially this was to address the fact that many people need a fast YES or NO answer regarding whether a particular room or surface IS or IS NOT mould contaminated but need this validated by a lab without the higher costs of an on site inspection. Settle plates or passive sampling is a common sampling method for measuring airborne contamination. mould.net.au was set up by Dr. Cameron Jones, PhD and his academic and research work with fungi spans over 25 years. His CV is at drcameronjones.com.
Our DIY mould testing kits fill this need by allowing you to do the testing, send it back to our lab, have it analysed by a MSc or PhD level mycologist/microbiologist and prepare a written report. The DIY market across Australasia has grown fast, and we've now developed a dedicated site for this purpose. We've called this Division of the business: mould.net.au since moulds (fungi) grow by repeated branching of their cells called hyphae. This quickly develops into a 'network of filaments' that appears as a colony. In fact, mould.net.au is proud to offer a full range of mail order indoor testing media suitable for moulds, bacteria and yeasts using special, differential Petri Plate media. Also browse through our literature review that validates the use of settle plates for measurement of microbial air quality in a wide range of different environments.
In fact, our method for "home testing" is based on the same environmental monitoring method enshrined in the official ISO 14644-1:2015 Standard for the "classification of air cleanliness in terms of concentration of airborne viable particles". This is also the fundamental method of choice for microbial control and monitoring of aseptic processing cleanrooms which are used for the production of sterile pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The Settle plate method is therefore the most direct way to reliably assess your indoor air quality and against a set of metrics that have been proven over time.
Our kits allow you to test the AIR for viable mould growth and/or test SURFACES by using the sterile swabs we pack into each kit. This way you benefit by getting an answer to the fundamental questions: "Is the air I breathe contaminated?" and/or "Is this surface contaminated - and if so, what with?" Our kits answer many unanswered questions you may have about mould exposure in your home or workplace.
We are also providing a method to test for aflatoxin-containing fungi. Stay tuned for *NEW* kits available in 2018. We currently have tested these kits in over 100+ residential homes across Australia and they are particularly useful when questions about mycotoxin exposure are suspected. We can help you identify if mycotoxins are present on surfaces or in the air as part of our on-site inspections.
In addition, in 2019 we will be offering batch and on demand polymerase chain reaction (PCR and qPCR) testing for a range of different bacteria and fungi. This will be significantly cheaper than ERMI and will have superior primer-specificity and allow for whole-of-home testing.
All testing is performed in Australia. Kits for Petri plates can only be purchased and sent via post within Australia (Express Post, Express Post + Signature or Express Post + Signature + Extra Cover up to $400), while genetic testing (PCR and qPCR) is available worldwide.
Why We Do This
Did you know that we humans spend up to 90% of our time indoors? Therefore, Indoor air quality is a fundamental consideration that affects health and wellbeing. Our rigorous and scientifically valid indoor air quality inspections have been used by homeowners, strata and body corporates, the real estate sector and in numerous civil legal cases. If you need answers regarding the air quality of your home or workplace, then let the team at biologicalhealthservices.com.au arrange an inspection so we can help you fast or choose a mail order kit and do it yourself from us here at mould.net.au. Either way, you can be assured of premium service and expert analytical advice for your particular problem.
Who This Is For
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Do You Need More Than This?
We do of course carry out all types of on-site inspections and can advise you on testing methods, analyse existing data or written reports and provide expert witness services. We pride ourselves on the provision of high-level analytical reporting. Call us on 1300132350 for a confidential discussion of the particulars of your matter or claim. We also provide dedicated one-on-one in depth consultation for your sensitive questions and issues. Post analysis after you have our lab report you may require expert guidance and to this end, we offer personalised consultation. See: https://clarity.fm/drcameronjones
Other Testing Methods We Can Analyse
How Easy Is It?
The test itself is very easy to do yourself. In principal, all you are doing is taking an air sample from outdoors as your control (considered to be normal/clean air) and then taking air samples from within your home. The Petri plates arrive sterile and you just expose them to the air for a fixed period of time, then return them to our lab where we do all the work of incubating them, examining them under the microscope as required and counting the colonies and classifying your mould colonies against their taxonomic indicators (Species identification).
"If you can open and close a lid - you can do this test " 😀😀😀