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Asbestos test lab lists: this article directs you to lists of certified asbestos testing laboratories.

Watch out: Testing for asbestos can be difficult, particularly in some materials such as flooring. Be sure to use only a certified asbestos test laboratory if you need to identify asbestos-containing materials (or probable-asbestos) in flooring and floor tiles, insulation, roofing, paints, mastics, or other asbestos-suspect products.



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Asbestos Test Lab Lists Show Where to find an Certified Asbestos Testing Laboratory: NIST, NVLAP, & State Agencies

Below you will find a list of sources for certified asbestos testing laboratories. Why don't we just list individual asbestos lab contact information? Because labs may come and go, or gain or lose or change certifications. The asbestos test lab list sources we give in this reference are maintained by agencies charged with keeping the list and test lab certifications current.

InspectAPedia is an independent publisher of building, environmental, and forensic inspection, diagnosis, and repair information provided free to the public - we have no business nor financial connection with any manufacturer or service provider discussed at our website. We do not sell products nor services.

Question: where do I send a sample of my popcorn-painted ceiling to be tested for asbestos? J.P. New York City

Reply: use a certified asbestos testing laboratory listed by your home state

Most state and provincial governments regulate and certify asbestos testing laboratories, and we recommend that where there are health, legal, or cost concerns, you should only use a certified and competent asbestos testing laboratory to examine material samples for asbestos content.

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Where to Find a Certified or Accredited Asbestos Testing Laboratory in Any U.S. State

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) maintains a listing of accredited asbestos laboratories under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). The NIST web pages given just below permit you to find accredited asbestos testing laboratories in your state. Asbestos testing labs and certifications for other countries are also given further below in this article.

  1. An NVLAP directory of accredited asbestos test labs using the PLM (Polarized Light Microscopy) test method for asbestos fiber analysis is found at

    NIST asbestos test lab - PLM site: http://ts.nist.gov/Standards/scopes/plmtm.htm
  2. An NVLAP directory of accredited asbestos test laboratories that use TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) for asbestos identification is found at

    NISTasbestos test lab - TEM website: http://ts.nist.gov/Standards/scopes/temtm.htm

Asbestos Testing Lab Accrediting Agencies

American Asbestos test lab listings in individual U.S. states

  1. "Asbestos Fact Sheet: An Information Sheet for Parties Dealing with Asbestos." Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 7 November 2007 .
  2. "Asbestos Regulation Frequently Asked Questions." Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 7 November 2007 .
  3. "Candidate Information Booklet for the Asbestos Consultant and Asbestos Contractor Licensure Examination." Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Bureau of Education and Testing. 7 November 2007 .
  4. New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, "ELAP Labs Certified for Asbestos", web search 04/16/2011, original source: http://www.wadsworth.org/labcert/elap/asbestos.html. Additional contact information for the Wadsworth Center: David Axelrod Institute Wadsworth Center NYS Department of Health P.O. Box 22002 Albany, New York 12201-2002
  5. Or contact the New York State Department of Health Corning Tower Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237 - Public Health Duty Officer Helpline 1-866-881-2809.
  6. "Asbestos Regulation Frequently Asked Questions." Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 7 November 2007 .
  7. "Candidate Information Booklet for the Asbestos Consultant and Asbestos Contractor Licensure Examination." Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Bureau of Education and Testing. 7 November 2007
  8. Western Analytical Lab, NVLAP accredited # 20037,Western Analytical Laboratory, Inc. 12734 Branford Street, #19 Arleta, CA 91331 Phone: (818) 899-0949 Fax: (818) 899-0399 Email: info@asbestostesting.com offering worldwide services [sic] Website: http://www.asbestostesting.com/
    If you live outside of the United States and would like to have samples tested for asbestos, please follow our Step-by-Step Guide [Excerpted below] for sample collection and submittal.

ELAP: Individual State Voluntary Lab Testing Programs for Asbestos Test Lab Certification

Example Asbestos Sample Collection Procedure

Note: depending on where you live and the specific situation, licensing may not be required to obtain an environmental sample for asbestos or other materials. The following is excerpted from asbestos sampling procedures recommended by the U.S. EPA and published by various asbestos test laboratories including Western Analytical, a U.S. asbestos testing laboratory in California and serving international clients.

Asbestos Sample Collection

(Source: US Environmental Protection Agency)

Note: You cannot be sure that a material contains asbestos by just looking at it with a naked eye. Therefore, treat all suspect material as if they contain asbestos.

Special Notes on Asbestos Test Sample Collection for other Types of Materials

 

Certified Asbestos Testing Laboratories in Various Countries

List of Accredited Asbestos Test Laboratories in Australia

In Australia the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia, maintains lists of accredited service providers. Search the NATA website given below for "Asbestos Testing"

Asbestos Test Laboratories in Canada

[Citations needed] Pending a centralized Canadian list of licensed asbestos testing laboratories we list some individual Canadian asbestos test labs here. The [bracketed numbers are accreditation nunmbers under AHERA, the U.S. Public Law 99-519, Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act [1986]. Other accreditations may apply in Canada.

Asbestos Test Laboratories in India

Asbestos Test Laboratories in Korea

New Zealand Asbestos Test Laboratories

List of Accredited Asbestos Test Labs in the U.K. & Advice on Surveying & Testing for Asbestos in the UK

In the United Kingdom the U.K. Accreditation Service (UKAS) maintains a list of nearly 500 accredited asbestos testing laboratories.

Examples of Certified Asbestos Test Labs in the UK & providers of DIY Asbestos Test Kits in the UK

Asbestos Sample Collection in the UK: the Basics

Sampling for asbestos does not require a license in the UK. Here is some basic asbestos sampling advice adapted (very slight edits) from the UK Health and Safety Executive HSK:

Scandanavian Test Labs for Asbestos

Scandanavian certified asbestos testing labs are listed here.

Finland Test Labs for Asbestos

Sweden Test Labs for Asbestos

Singapore Asbestos Testing Labs

 

Example of a Certified Asbestos Material Testing Laboratory Report

As the New York State Department of Health has pointed out about ELAP Labs Certified for Asbestos:

A laboratory performing analysis for Asbestos and Fibers by optical microscopy identifies bulk asbestos using polarized light microscopy (PLM) and fibers in air using phase contrast microscopy (PCM). [1]

And even though McCrone Research and other expert sources provide reliable procedures for reliable identification of asbestos in floor tiles by polarized-light microscopy, according to that same New York agency:

Asbestos in air and asbestos in floor tiles can only be definitively identified by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analyses.) [1]

A possible explanation for that contradiction is that in addition to asbestos fibers there may be ultrafine non-fibrous asbestos filler material in various products that are more difficult to identify by PLM.

An example of a simple asbestos test report from a certified asbestos testing lab is shown in this
ASBESTOS TEST LAB REPORT
.

However as we point out
at ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION IN BUILDINGS it is often quite easy to recognize asbestos-containing materials in buildings by visual inspection. There are some "asbestos lookalike" materials that could cause confusion, and there are some materials such as floor tiles whose asbestos content cannot be identified by eye.

But other materials such as certain heating pipe insulation, asbestos millboard, certain asbestos fabricsand others, can readily be identified by eye, and other materials can be identified as likely to contain asbestos based on the product and its age or date of manufacture.
See ASBESTOS TEXTILES

Details about proper and safe removal of asbestos materials are found
at ASBESTOS REMOVAL, Amateur, Incomplete

and ASBESTOS REMOVAL CERTIFICATIONS.

Reader Question: where can I send a sample of the floor tile I removed without protection?

Hi where can i send a sample of the tile i removed without protection i didnt not know about asbestos was until i was watching a tv show n know it to late all the tile is up n in a bunch of pieces an triping out cus i had my little girl aroud when i was doing this i need help to determine if this tile contain asbestos there r 9x9 n r brown with black adhesive the house was built in 1962. - C.R. 3/13/2013

Reply: Where to Find a Certified or Accredited Asbestos Testing Laboratory for flooring samples: 7 Suggestions

C.R., you can use any test laboratory certified for asbestos testing. Check out the asbestos lab contact information lists we give in the article above.

Both the US EPA and many U.S. states or Canadian provinces maintain lists of currently-approved asbestos testing labs.

Most state and provincial governments regulate and certify asbestos testing laboratories, and we recommend that where there are health, legal, or cost concerns, you should only use a certified and competent asbestos testing laboratory to examine material samples for asbestos content.

If you nevertheless choose to take the samples yourself, take care not to release asbestos fibers into the air or onto yourself. Material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed (by remodeling, for example) should be left alone. Only material that is damaged or will be disturbed should be sampled.

Anyone who samples asbestos-containing materials should have as much information as possible on the handling of asbestos before sampling, and at a minimum, should observe the procedures
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