Testing for Asbestos
Asbestos is a mineral made up of thin, tightly packed fibers. Although it was commonly used in manufacturing insulation and other construction materials, it has been found to pose a serious health risk when asbestos fibers become airborne.
Where should you test for asbestos? Some of the products and places where you might want to check for asbestos may include guttering, water pipes, lagging, insulating board, floor tiles and composites, sprayed coatings on walls, beams or columns, and ceilings. Their may also be asbestos cement products on your shed or garage roofs, walls, and partitions.
Buildings built after the year 2000 are unlikely to contain asbestos however it is still wise for one who is responsible for the repair or maintenance of a building to remain vigilant on the possibility of the presence of asbestos in the facility say the existence of old electrical equipment.
When possible, is it advisable to ask the manufacturer of the equipment used or the service engineer.
When testing, knowing as much information as you can about the building or facility can be useful in establishing whether or not there is asbestos existing. One can look for records of previous asbestos abatement on the premise, speak to the previous owners or tenant of the building or even contact the building or facility architect, designer or builder.
If you are still in doubt and unsure of the location of potential asbestos materials on the premise, you may need to resort to an asbestos management survey. This is to ensure that nobody will be harmed in the asbestos testing process that has to be done on the premise.
If you are convinced that there is asbestos in your home or building, it is best to leave it well alone unless it has been disturbed or damaged.
In testing for asbestos, it is very important to never break a piece off for sampling. Only if a piece has broken off on its own can you send it for sampling. This is possible only if there is no risk of spreading the mineral or exposing yourself to dust.
If there is no risk of dust exposure, testing for asbestos involves dampening the sample and encasing it in a self-sealing polythene bag. To ensure that non exposure to the open air, it is important to put the sample in a second self-sealing bag. Make sure to label the sample before making arrangement for analysis by an accredited asbestos-testing laboratory. Or you can call our asbestos company and we can come out and do it for you.
If the result of the test shows that the asbestos containing materials are in good condition and can be left in place, it is important, however, that the person responsible for the maintenance of the building ensure that information on location and the condition of the asbestos containing materials be recorded and kept up to date. He must also disseminate such information to everyone who needs to know about the presence of the asbestos. Labeling the asbestos containing materials with the asbestos warning sign or other warning system must be done.
Always seek professional advice before attempting to remove any asbestos and strictly follow the basic rules. We can test for asbestos in your home. Call us at 773-345-7074
For more information you can go to the following links:
Summary of Testing Method
Commonly Asked Questions
Keeping Our Workers Safe
Estimating Asbestos Risk
Should I do the test Myself?
What to Look for in a Testing Company
Chicago Regulations on Asbestos Removal
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