Company Profile


Sharp & Howells Pty Ltd was established in 1922. NATA Accredited – National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) – Laboratory No. 61. ISO 17025 Accredited.ABN: 26 004 782 996.

Director: John Franceschini BSC (Hons), MRACI, C.Chem.

  • Laboratory Manager/Principal Scientist
  • Over 30 years experience
  • Expert Witness
  • Health & Safety Consultant
  • Approved Competent Chemist (Marine Act)
  • NATA Signatory
  • Member of various Standards Committees
  • Member of Scientists in Schools Program

Company Vision:

"To provide a complete chemical analysis and testing service to our clients.
To provide a cost effective analytical service to industry, the public and government or regulatory clients.
To provide a high level of chemical consulting expertise.
To provide access to extensive laboratory and testing experience, equipment and facilities.
To foster an understanding of how chemistry impacts on our everyday lives.
To promote and support chemistry and science at all levels of education."
"Creating Chemistry with our clients"

We are a totally independent chemical laboratory and all work done is conducted by qualified, experienced staff.

  • NATA Accredited chemical analysis service
  • Experienced Analytical chemists
  • Consulting Services
  • State of the Art Analysis Equipment, Instruments,Technology & Methods
  • A blend of modern and traditional chemical analysis techniques
  • Detailed service to each client
  • Detailed test reports
  • Laymans' explanations of results


Our Services:

  • Forensic Chemical and Materials Consultancy
  • Concrete Testing and Analysis
  • Brickwork and Mortar Testing
  • Quarry product Testing
  • Mining materials Testing
  • AQIS Testing
  • Dangerous Goods Assessments
  • Occupational Health and Safety assessments
  • Petroleum product Testing- Petrol, Diesel, Biodiesel, Oils, Refrigerants, Halons
  • Polymer Identification and Analysis
  • Asbestos Identification
  • Particulate Analysis
  • Environmental contaminants
  • Foods and Beverages Analysis
  • Formulations Reverse Engineering
  • Alcohol and Drug testing including Drug identification
  • Hazmat & Chemical incidents - emergency attendance at chemical spills etc....
  • Historic Building Materials Analysis- mortar, render etc...
  • Contaminated site assessments - Air, water, soil and sludge analyses
  • Preparation of specialty chemical
  • Corrosion analysis
  • Paint, Sealant and Adhesive Analysis
  • MSDS Preparation
  • Worksafe Chemical Investigations
  • Fire/Arson or Explosion Investigations
  • Forensic Investigations:
  • Product Litigation
  • Insurance Investigations- Marine and Civil
  • Building Disputes- Materials Failures, Compliancy Issues
  • Poisonings
  • Toxicity of chemicals
  • Scientific Document & Forensic Analysis Review
  • Access to independent expert consultants such as:
  • Microbiologists
  • Engineers
  • DNA Experts
  • Geologists
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