ASBESTOS TEST KIT
Where can I find an accredited laboratory to test for asbestos?
Before you start to play with an asbestos test kit, heed the words of the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), which says the best thing to do is to leave asbestos-containing material that is in good condition alone.
ASBESTOS TEST KIT INFORMATION
June 30, 2010 – The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) maintains a listing of accredited asbestos laboratories under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). You may call NIST at (301) 975-4016, or learn more at:
NVLAP Accredited Laboratories for the Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Test Method
Where can I buy an asbestos test kit?
Asbestos test kits are available to the public at more than 40,000 leading home centers, hardware stores, pharmacy chains, supermarkets, and a wide category of specialty outlets. Stores include: The Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Ace Hardware, True Value, Do It Best, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle and CVS.
The EPA on asbestos test kit
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best thing to do is to leave asbestos-containing material that is in good condition alone. For identifying asbestos in the home, you might consider hiring a professional asbestos abatement contractor to sample and test the material for you.
Asbestos is a cancer-causing material that was utilized in building construction, and is to be avoided. Asbestos is present in most residential and commercial buildings constructed 30 or more years ago, and has been linked to mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
Certainly, before you have your house remodeled, you should find out whether asbestos-containing materials or banned asbestos products are present by consulting an asbestos contractor who knows how to identify asbestos safely.
The EPA recommends that if certain asbestos materials are becoming damaged (i.e., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart) you should immediately isolate the area, keep pets and children away, and avoid disturbing the suspected material by either touching it or walking on it. You should then consult a licensed asbestos inspector and a removal contractor.
In determining the asbestos removal cost, it is best to seek an estimate from an asbestos inspecting firm, and any needed abatement from another firm that specializes in removing asbestos; this helps avoid any conflict of interest.
In many cases, asbestos-containing material does not necessarily need to be disposed, but can be repaired by an asbestos professional via encapsulation or enclosure. Removal is often unnecessary, says the EPA.
Filing an asbestos claim:
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