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Asbestos Laboratory Services

Asbestos is the name of a group of highly fibrous minerals with separable, long and thin fibers. Asbestos fibers are strong and flexible enough to be spun and woven. Asbestos fibers are heat and chemical resistant, making them useful for many industrial purposes.
The term asbestos typically is used to describe six regulated, naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals: Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite. When disturbed, asbestos has the potential to release fibers into the air where they can become an inhalation hazard.  These fibers, so small that they are typically invisible to the naked eye, can remain airborne for extended periods of time.
Asbestos has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Since asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and most chemicals, they have been mined for use in over 3,000 different products including roofing materials, brake pads and cement pipe often used in distributing water to communities. Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials as well as floor tiles.
Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Asbestos can be positively identified only by a trained analyst using specialized microscopes.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. has trained and experienced staff along with the necessary equipment and instrumentation to provide quality asbestos analysis of air, water, bulk, soil and/or dust samples. We offer various methodologies (NIOSH, EPA, OSHA, ASTM, etc.) utilizing the following:

• Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM)
• Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
• Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
• Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
• X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
• Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM)

EMSL has a dedicated soil laboratory to perform specialized prep techniques for soil and rock related to Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) and asbestos contamination sites.  Equipment on-site includes Jaw Crushers, Plate Grinder, Freezer Mills, Turbula Mixer, Riffle Splitters and equipment to perform the  Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM).  Our laboratory has extensive experience working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other large clients on specialized, large scale sites.

Full list of services provided for Asbestos Lab Services ( click for details )
Asbestos - Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA)   CARB 435 (PLM) Level A
Asbestos - PCM   OSHA ID-160
   PCM ASTM 7200
   PCM ASTM 7201
   PCM NIOSH 7400
   PCM NIOSH 7400 B Rules
   PCM NIOSH 7400 Method with OSHA 8 Hour Time Weighted Average (TWA)
Asbestos - PLM   CARB 435 (PLM) Level A
   CARB 435 (PLM) Level B
   Cincinnati Method EPA 600/R-04/004 PLM Only
   Cincinnati Method EPA 600/R-04-004 PLM and TEM
   NY ELAP Method 198.1
   NY ELAP Method 198.6 (PLM with Gravimetric Prep)
   OSHA ID-191
   PLM & TEM (A-F) Additional/Extra Client Specified Sub-sample Riffle Split
   PLM & TEM (A-F) Outside homogenization
   PLM (A-B) Digital PLM Photos
   PLM EPA NOB - EPA/600/R-93/116 1000 Point Count with Gravimetric Prep (Ontario Regulation 278/05)
   PLM EPA NOB - EPA/600/R-93/116 400 Point Count with Gravimetric Prep (Ontario Regulation 278/05)
   PLM EPA NOB - EPA/600/R-93/116 with Gravimetric Prep
   PLM EPA NOB - EPA/600/R-93/116 with Gravimetric Prep (Ontario Regulation 278/05)
   PLM EPA/600/R-93/116
   PLM EPA/600/R-93/116 (1000 Point Count)
   PLM EPA/600/R-93/116 (200 Point Count)
   PLM EPA/600/R-93/116 (400 Point Count)
   PLM NIOSH 9002
Asbestos - TEM   ASTM D-5755 (MicroVac) TEM
   ASTM D-6480 (Wipe) TEM
   CARB 435 (TEM) Level B
   CARB 435 (TEM) Level C
   Carpet Sonication EPA/600/J-93/167
   Cincinnati Method EPA 600/R-04-004 PLM and TEM
   EPA 600/R-93/116 section (TEM % by Mass)
   NY ELAP Method 198.4 (TEM with Gravimetric Prep)
   PLM & TEM (A-F) Additional/Extra Client Specified Sub-sample Riffle Split
   PLM & TEM (A-F) Outside homogenization
   PLM (A-B) Digital PLM Photos
   SUPERFUND EPA 540-R-97-028 (Dust Generation Method) TEM
   TEM (B-F) Custom report format
   TEM (B-F) Digital TEM Photos SAED Chemistry Pattern
   TEM (B-F) Lower Reporting Limits, Modified Methodologies
   TEM AHERA (40 CFR Part 763 Appendix A subpart E)
   TEM ASTM D-6281-98
   TEM EPA Method 100.2 (fibers > 10 microns)
   TEM EPA Method 100.2 (fibers >0.5 microns)
   TEM EPA NOB - EPA/600/R-93/116b section (TEM % by VEA)
   TEM ISO 10312
   TEM ISO 13794
   TEM NIOSH 7402 (40 Grid Openings Analyzed)
Other   200.8 Testing Method
  EMSL MSD 9000 (Fibers Per Gram)
  EPA Region 1 Screening Protocol Qualitative Results Only
  EPA Sieve Protocol EMSL Modified for Quantitative Results
  Fibrous Talc
  GERMAN VDI 3492 (Asbestos and Fibrous Glass by SEM)
  Man Made Mineral Fibers (MMMF's)
  Man Made Vitreous Fibers (MMVF's)
  Method Development
  Non Asbestos Respirable Fibers (NARF's)
  Refractory Ceramic Fibers (RCF's)
  SEM Analysis
  Zinc Whiskers
Laboratories providing Asbestos Lab Services ( click for details )
Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0New York, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0Salem, NH (LAB 23) - NVLAP Lab Code 201051-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Wallingford, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0West Palm Beach, FL (LAB 57) - NVLAP Lab Code 600206-0
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