In-house Laboratory Analysis
For bulk analysis of asbestos- or lead-containing materials, contact our in-house laboratory facility.
Asbestos was used in more than 3,000 different types of building materials from the 1950s to 1990s. If your home was built before the 1990s and you are planning to do renovation(s), it is important to determine if any of the building materials contain asbestos. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, asbestos fibres are released into the air. The release of asbestos fibres into the air is a health risk for workers working on the property and the people living in the home.
Bulk sample analysis of potential asbestos-containing building materials needs to be conducted by a staff of highly trained and experienced laboratory analysts. Astech's current roster of asbestos laboratory analysts has a combined experience of 20 years in locating and identifying the differing asbestiform minerals present in older fibrated building materials.
Astech's laboratory utilizes analytical method NIOSH 9002 Issue 2 'Asbestos (bulk) by Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)' which is an accepted method of asbestos bulk sample analysis by WCB.
Astech participates in the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing (BAPAT) Program as one method to ensure that proper quality control methods are in place.
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How to Take Asbestos Samples
Follow these helpful instructions to collect samples for asbestos testing and analysis:
If you have any questions about sampling procedures or quantities, please call our office.
|Asphalt shingles||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)|
|Roofing felt||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.) - all layers must be collected, down to the sheathing|
|Cement board||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)|
|Floor tile, linoleum, asphalt flooring||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)|
|Ceiling tiles||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)|
|Mechanical insulation (piping)||50 cm3 (3 cu. in.) - all layers must be collected, down to the pipe|
|Ropes, gaskets, wires, etc.||5 linear cm (2 linear in.) or 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)|
|Levelling compounds and mortars||50 cm3 (3 cu. in.)|
|Mastics and putties||15 cm3 (1 cu. in.)|
|Texture coats and stuccos||50 cm3 (3 cu. in.)|
|Drywall mud||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.) - mud only, do not include gypsum board or drywall tape|
|Vermiculite insulation||4 L (1 gal.) - collect from the top to the bottom of the application to get a representative sample|
|Sprayed insulation (for example, sprayed fireproofing)||50 cm3 (3 cu. in.)|
|Other sprayed materials||1 full, small zip-lock bag|
|Other non-friable products||5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)|
|Turnaround Time||Cost per Asbestos Bulk Sample|
|Standard 3 to 5 Day||$30.00 per sample plus GST|
|Rush 24 Hour||$45.00 per sample plus GST|
|Rush 4 Hour||$60.00 per sample plus GST|
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing (BAPAT)
Astech Consultants Ltd. Laboratory Participant ID# 200542