The United States Department of Health and Human Services has determined that asbestos is a known carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are asbestos containing materials in most of the nation’s 107,000 schools and over 733,000 public and commercials buildings.
- Safe and Easy to Use
- EPA Approved Lab Methods
- Detects Hazordous Asbestos
If you spend time in a home, office, or school, that was built or remodeled between the years 1900 and 1978, it is highly possible that you are being exposed to asbestos, a cancer causing building material. Cancer development from asbestos exposure usually takes between 15 and 30 years. Because of this time lapse, and the nature of asbestos, which was used widely during manufacturing in the 1970’s, an estimated 20,000 people will die each year for the next 30 years from asbestos exposure.
Our simple to use, laboratory test identifies asbestos fibers to as little as 1% content by weight and is more sensitive than EPA guidelines.
The Asbestos Test Kit utilizes Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM). Offers proficiency results within 2 weeks.
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment that is made up of long, thin fibers that look similar to fiberglass. Because of its strengthening, heat and sound proofing capability, manufacturers have used asbestos to make many different products including, pipe insulation, ceiling and floor tile, paints, caulking, fire resistant clothing, and brake pads.
HOW DO YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ASBESTOS?
Although the EPA has established a very broad ban on the use of asbestos, it is still a health hazard in many homes, offices and schools. Asbestos fibers come from the breakdown of man-made products such as insulation, paints, caulking, table pads, draperies, ceiling and floor tiles, roof shingles, cement, hair dryers and many other products. As asbestos becomes friable (chipped, cracked, crumbly, powdery, flaky or decayed), the fibers can be released into the air and then inhaled.
WHAT CAN ASBESTOS DO TO YOU?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has determined that asbestos is a known carcinogen. When inhaled, even in small amounts, asbestos fibers can cause a range of severe diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis (an irreversible scarring of the lungs similar to emphysema), and mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest and abdominal linings which causes tumors which grow, spread rapidly and are 100% fatal). Exposure to asbestos may also increase the risk of other cancers such as those of the larynx (throat) and of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach).
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE AN ASBESTOS PROBLEM?
To find out if asbestos is a problem in your home or office, you must test. The PRO-LAB Professional Asbestos Test Kit is an NVLAP approved laboratory test that will accurately and reliably analyze your collected bulk sample for asbestos contamination to 1% content by weight, providing a professional lab report within one week of our receipt of your test sample(s).
- One (1) sample collection bag
- Pre-paid postage envelope
- Information form
The PRO-LAB Professional Asbestos Kit requires a $20 lab fee in order to analyze the sample. Place sample bags in the enclosed pre-paid postage envelope along with the information form, and a check, money order or a credit card voucher for $20 per sample submitted (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover only). Mail immediately within 24 hours of the collection of the sample(s). Within two weeks after the lab has received your sample(s), the lab will send you an easy to read evaluation indicating the exact content of asbestos in your sample.
EXPRESS SERVICE LAB RESULTS
Optional: Express service results are available for Real Estate Transactions for additional $15 per sample. Instructions are included in test kit for express service.