How To Test For Asbestos
Thank you for purchasing one of Environmental Innovative Technologies’ do-it-yourself asbestos testing kits! To further help you understand how to take samples and how to test for asbestos, we have included this video. Below is also a description on how to test for asbestos and steps to take in taking samples.
1. Wear the protective gloves provided in the kit prior to starting the sampling procedure
2. With water, wet the area where the samples will be taken from.
3. Bulk samples for asbestos testing must be representative of the material being tested; the samples should contain all layers of the questioned material.
4. The recommended size of the samples being submitted is 1”x1” and should be enclosed in sealed containers, preferably zip-lock plastic bags.
5. Although no special sample preservation is necessary, the samples should be handled carefully and without exposure to extreme conditions to ensure that they are received intact and that all layers of the material may be examined by our analysts.
6. Place the samples and completed chain of custody form back inside the original box and place the box inside of the provided shipper bag to be sent back to the lab.
You will receive your analytical results within 5 business days after the sample is received.
A 24 hour turn around option is available upon request.
Note: Any additional samples submitted under the 5 day Turn Around Time (TAT) will be analyzed at the price of $7per sample. Any additional samples submitted under the 24 hour Turn Around Time (TAT) will be analyzed at the price of $14 per sample.
Asbestos Testing Kits Contents:
- Dust mask
- Pre-packaged gloves
- Sample baggie (to place sample into)
- Chain of Custody (COC)
- Return shipping label and shipper bag
As explained in our lead, mold, and asbestos test results page, in interpreting asbestos results, method reporting limit is 1% Gravimetric reduction and correlative analysis are recommended for floor coverings and all non-friable, organically bound materials. Quantitative TEM is currently the only method that can be used to determine if the material can be treated as non-asbestos containing. Negative or trace results on NOB samples by PLM are inconclusive if the acid insoluble inorganic portion is greater than 1% of the sample. The EPA states that asbestos found in vermiculite is a concern and the sample should be treated as asbestos containing material.
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