The Pro-Lab Asbestos Testing Kit contains the following:
- 1 Sample collection bags
- Pre-paid postage envelope
- Information form
Asbestos is commonly found in a variety of building construction materials for insulation (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products and asbestos cement products) and friction-based products (automobile clutch, brake and transmission parts). Years of exposure to this chemical increases your risk of developing health diseases, such as:
- Asbestosis – a serious, progressive, long-term non-cancer disease of the lungs
- Mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining (membrane) of the lung, chest, abdomen and heart
- Lung Cancer
This Pro-Lab Asbestos Testing Kit offers a cost-effective method for detecting the presence of asbestos fiber in your home. It is an ideal asbestos screening kit for homes, offices or schools built or remodeled between the years 1900 and 1978. The test kit utilizes polarized light microscopy (PLM) to obtain accurate results. It's simple and convenient to use with results being available in 2 weeks.
Your home is supposed to be the safest place for you and your family. To make that possible, you should be aware of the dangerous chemicals lurking around your property. However, because asbestos is present in a broad range of products, such as such as insulation, paints, caulking, table pads, draperies, ceiling and floor tiles, roof shingles, cement and hair dryers, you and your family might have already inhaled a significant amount before you even knew it. Unfortunately, the only way to find out if you have an asbestos problem is to perform a test on a given sample.
This Pro-Lab Asbestos Testing Kit identifies asbestos fibers to as little as 1% content by weight and is more sensitive than EPA guidelines. It's also ideal for testing asbestos contamination in workplaces, schools and other buildings constructed or remodeled between the years 1900 and 1978.
PROFESSIONAL ASBESTOS TEST KIT
IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MUST READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTINUE WARNING: Asbestos poses a health hazard only if fibers are released into the air. If asbestos has been damaged, so that it is getting into the air you breath, it should be either removed or contained. NEVER ATTEMPT TO TEAR OUT ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIAL YOURSELF; the danger of exposure during removal is much greater than the low level of exposure you face from undisturbed but damaged material. Always be cautious around suspected asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos has been used in the manufacture of such building products as popcorn ceiling material, vinyl and linoleum flooring and associated mastics, pipe and water tank insulation, acoustic ceiling tile, exterior siding and stucco, wallboard (including joint compound and tape), wall and cei ling plaster, insulation behind wall heaters, window caulking, etc. In short, any building material that is not glass, wood, steel, yellow or pink fiberglass could contain asbestos and should not be disturbed until it has been tested. The biggest danger comes from fria ble asbestos building materials that have become damaged. Look for areas where asbestos has become water-damaged, dented, corroded, blistered, or otherwise damaged in a way likely to release fibers into the air. If you find damaged asbestos, DO NOT DISTURB IT. PRO-LAB does not intend for the following to be used as a guide or as instructions by anyone, whether they be trained and licensed professionals or not, for the disturbance of asbestos-containing materials. The primary way that asbestos causes dam- age is by breathing in airborne fibers that are often too small to see. Proper respiratory protection should be used whenever i t is likely that airborne asbestos fibers are present.
COLLECTION OF SAMPLE NOTE: The use of proper respiratory protection is advisable. When applicable, a plastic drop cloth should also be used. 1. Locate the sample location and suspected material. 2. Put on the enclosed plastic gloves to avoid contact between your skin and the sample. 3. Completely wet the sample location using a spray bottle with a soap and water solution (one teaspoon of soap per quart of water). The sample location should be kept wet throughout the sampling procedure to prevent the release of airborne fibers. 4. Collect the sample using a razor knife, chisel or another tool capable of securing a sample of the entire matrix. (example: the underlying scratch coat beneath popcorn ceiling, pipe insulation and mastic on seams, vinyl flooring including any additional layers of vinyl and/or mastic.) 5. Place the sample in one of the enclosed sample bags and seal. 6. Completely fill out the information form. (analysis can not be conducted unless you submit all the information requested.)
STANDARD LAB RESULTS The PRO-LAB Professional Asbestos Kit requires a $30 lab fee in order to analyze the sample. Place the sample bags in the enclosed pre-paid postage envelope along with the information form, and a check, mon ey order (made payable to PRO-LAB ) or a credit card voucher for $30 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 PRO-LAB has received your sample(s), we will send you an easy to read evaluation indicating the exact content of asbestos in your sample.
EXPRESS FAX SERVICE Express Service is available for an additional $15 per sample, or a total of $35 per sample. In order to use the express service, you must send the sample(s) , the information form and proper payment to PRO-LAB using an overnight shipping company such as Federal Express, Airborne Express or UPS. Send the samples to PRO-LAB, 1675 N. Commerce Parkway, Suite 100, Weston, FL 33326. (Express sample can only be received Monday - Friday). Within 72 hours of our receipt, you will receive your faxed results. PRO-LAB® 1675 N. Commerce Parkway, Suite 100 - Weston, FL 33326
International buyers are responsible for shipping the specimens back to the lab in the United States. TestCountry is not responsible for failed tests due to delays and/or miscollection of specimens.