We test building materials for asbestos to prove it’s NOT there; you save money on abatement removal and the toxic waste dump fees if it’s not asbestos.
The fibers have little hooks on them. So, when the fibers enter the lungs, they stay there. Because of the well known health implications of these fibers, testing and cleanup are strictly regulated by federal, state, county and city governments. We are not medically trained; please ask your medical team questions about your specific situation.
Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) continue to be widely produced and used throughout the world. Unfortunately ACM is still commonly found in products today in many parts of the world.. Vehicle brake pads and lining, clutch facings and various gaskets contain asbestos and are used today.
List of the three main kinds of analysis:
TEM asbestos air sampling – air testing used for clearance after abatement is preformed. It magnifies objects at least 20 times their actual size. This method also is asbestos-specific. Use this method final clearance samples to comply with regulation (AHERA) . This testing is recommended for schools, hospitals or any public place.
PCM asbestos air sampling – air testing also used for clearance after asbestos abatement is performed. All fibers that are the same size range as asbestos are reported. Asbestos clearance is achieved when the fiber count is below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).
PLM asbestos bulk sampling – material testing for asbestos. This type of destructive testing is performed by taking bulk samples to determine if building materials contain asbestos. This can reduce client costs on abatement contracts as well as possible hazard waste fees.
ACM List of Asbestos Containing Material from the EPA. This is not a complete list. The materials listed may contain asbestos, but need testing to determine the presence or absence.
Both TEM and PCM analysis methods are accepted in California. Every project has different needs and budgets. We will be glad to discuss your individual needs.
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