Established In 1922
Oldest Chemical Laboratory In Australia
Melbourne Based Chemical Laboratory
Chemical & Forensic Analysis
Testing & Consultation Services

Experts in crystalline silica analysis

Testing in accordance with Worksafe Requirements

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Australia's Leading Chemical Analysis Laboratory

Our Melbourne based chemical laboratory provides chemical and forensic analysis and testing services, and consultation to industrial and environmental clients.

by an independent laboratory
staff for all work done
with National Association of Testing Authorities
For independent investigations

Welcome To Sharp & Howells

Sharp & Howells is a consulting chemical analysis and industrial forensic chemistry laboratory. Established in 1922 our laboratory is the oldest NATA accredited privately owned chemical laboratory in Australia and we love handling complex chemical problems. We are the “Chemical Investigators” and answer a broad range of chemical questions. Call us on 03 9850 9722 or email us at

Sharp & Howells is NATA accredited (Lab No. 61)

We are a totally independent laboratory. All work is conducted by experienced qualified, experienced scientific staff. Industrial Forensic chemical analysis is our specialty. Being Australia-wide, we service clients ranging from home owners to Multi-National corporations and International Regulatory Bodies.

Sharp & Howells is or has been a member of the following organisations over its 97 years:

See also our Brick and Mortar Research Laboratory (BMRL): Click here to learn more: Brick & Mortar Testing.

See also our Microns To Measure Laboratory for particle size distributions

See also our Concrete Research Facility – for all concrete testing

sai-global_Standards Australia
CIA_Concrete Institute of Australia
FESA - Forensic Engineers Society of Australia
BDPS - Building Dispute Practitioners Society_LOGO
AIBS - Australian Institute of Building Surveyors_LOGO
SIA - Science Industry Australia_LOGO
ACA_Australasian Corrosion Association
ACRA - Australian Concrete Repair Association_LOGO
C_CA_Cement and Concrete Association
FPA - Fire Protection Association_LOGO