Asbestos in Air Laboratory Testing

Asbestos in air laboratory analysis involves the examination and quantification of asbestos fibers present in the air.

Asbestos, a natural mineral known for its strength and heat resistance, was once widely used in various industries. However, its fibers can become airborne when disturbed, posing serious health risks when inhaled. Consequently, effective and reliable testing methods for asbestos in air are paramount to ensure public safety and regulatory compliance.

Key Testing Methods: PCM and TEM

There are two primary methods of asbestos testing in air: Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Each method offers unique strengths and suitability for various situations.

PCM is a cost-effective and rapid method, allowing for real-time monitoring of airborne fiber concentrations. However, PCM cannot distinguish asbestos from other fibers, which can sometimes lead to overestimations of asbestos concentration. This technique is most often used for occupational exposure monitoring.

TEM is the most sensitive and specific method, capable of identifying and quantifying even very low levels of asbestos fibers, including those too small to be resolved by PCM. This makes TEM ideal for post-abatement clearance testing, where even trace amounts of asbestos can be problematic. Furthermore, TEM can differentiate between asbestos and non-asbestos fibers, providing more accurate data.

Regulations and Compliance

Several regulations have been implemented to protect workers and the general public from exposure to airborne asbestos. Compliance with these regulations is essential to avoid penalties and ensure safety. Some of the most widely recognized regulations and standards include PCM NIOSH 7400, TEM AHERA (40 CFR Part 763 Appendix A subpart E), and PCM NIOSH 7400 B Rules. Each of these methods has its own guidelines and requirements for asbestos testing in air, making them suitable for different situations and environments. For a full list of services we provide for Asbestos in Air, please see the table below.

Allab: Your Partner in Asbestos Testing

At Allab, we understand the importance of reliable, accurate, and fast asbestos testing. As a fully accredited and certified laboratory, we offer comprehensive asbestos testing services, including PCM and TEM testing methods. Whether you are a business, a regulatory agency, or an individual concerned about potential asbestos exposure, trust Allab to deliver the highest quality of asbestos testing services.

Full list of services provided for Asbestos in Air (click for details)
PCM NIOSH 7400 B Rules
PCM NIOSH 7400 Method with OSHA 8 Hour Time Weighted Average (TWA)
TEM AHERA (40 CFR Part 763 Appendix A subpart E)
TEM ASTM D-6281-98
TEM Modified CARB AHERA (Price up to 10 Grid Openings)
TEM NIOSH 7402 (40 Grid Openings Analyzed)