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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.

Asbestos Division Services Overview

Full list of services provided for Asbestos Lab Services ( click for details )
Asbestos - Erionite   Erionite via SEM (Bulk, Soil, Rock, Air)
   Erionite via TEM (Bulk, Soil, Rock, Air)
   Erionite via XRD (Bulk, Soil, Rock, Air)
   Nevada DOT NOA/ Erionite Analysis
Asbestos - Fibrous Talc   Fibrous Talc
Asbestos - Man-Made Vitreous Fibers (MMVF's)   Man Made Vitreous Fibers (MMVF's)
Asbestos - Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA)   Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) - Community Air Monitoring Projects
   Nevada DOT NOA/ Erionite Analysis
   PLM CARB 435 - Level A (California Only)
Asbestos - Taconite   Taconite Ore
Asbestos - Zinc Whiskers   Zinc Whiskers
Other   Asbestos in Consumer Products
  Asbestos in Cosmetics
  Asbestos in Lung Tissue by Chemical Bleach Digestion
  Asbestos in Paint, Crayons and Other Pigments
  Asbestos in Powders
  Brake Pads and Other Automotive Parts
  Consulting Support
  Fluidized Bed Asbestos Segregator (FBAS)
  Heat-Altered Asbestos from Fire Debris
  ISO 10312 - Ambient Air and Activity-Based Samples
  ISO 13792 - Overloaded Air Samples by Indirect Preparation
  Lake Water and Sediments
  Libby Amphibole in Vermiculite and Other Sources
  Litigation Support
  Mine Waste Characterization
  Mineral Characterization
  NY ELAP Method 198.1
  NY ELAP Method 198.4 (TEM with Gravimetric Prep)
  NY ELAP Method 198.6 (PLM with Gravimetric Prep)
  PCM ASTM D-7200
  PCM ASTM D-7201
  PCM IRSST Method 243.1
  PCM NIOSH 7400
  PCM NIOSH 7400 B Rules
  PCM NIOSH 7400 Method with OSHA 8 Hour Time Weighted Average (TWA)
  Physical Carpet Testing
  PLM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling and Gravimetric Prep Level A
  PLM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling Prep and Gravimetric Prep Level B
  PLM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling Prep Level A
  PLM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling Prep Level B
  PLM CARB 435 - Level B (California Only)
  PLM Cincinnati Method EPA 600/R-04/004
  PLM EPA 600 / M4-82-020
  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 (1200 Point Count)
  PLM EPA/600/R-93/116 (400 Point Count)
  PLM NIOSH 9002
  PLM NYS ELAP 198.8 - Vermiculite
  PLM Standard Addition Method
  PLM TEM Cincinnati Method EPA 600/R-04-004
  Superfund Method for the Determination of Releasable Asbestos in Soils and Bulk (Elutriator Method)
  Talc in Cosmetics
  TEM AHERA (40 CFR Part 763 Appendix A subpart E)
  TEM ASTM D-5755 (MicroVac)
  TEM ASTM D-6281-98
  TEM ASTM D-6480 (Wipe)
  TEM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling and Gravimetric Prep Level B
  TEM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling and Gravimetric Prep Level C
  TEM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling Prep Level B
  TEM by EPA/600/R-93/116 with Milling Prep Level C
  TEM CARB 435 - Level B (California Only)
  TEM CARB 435 - Level C (California Only)
  TEM Carpet Sonication EPA/600/J-93/167
  TEM EPA Level II (Yamate)
  TEM EPA Method 100.1
  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 IRSST Method 244.3
  TEM ISO 10312
  TEM ISO 13794
  TEM Modified CARB AHERA (Price up to 10 Grid Openings)
  TEM NIOSH 7402 (40 Grid Openings Analyzed)
  TEM Qualitative via Drop Mount Prep Technique
  TEM Qualitative via Filtration Prep Technique
  Tree Bark and Forest Floor Material
  Wollastonite-Based Powders
Laboratories providing Asbestos Lab Services ( click for details )
Atlanta, 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 - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL 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 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, 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 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, 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 600215-0
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