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Asbestos Laboratory

 

ASBESTOS SERVICES

When renovating an older building or demolishing a structure to make way for something new, it is important to consider the presence of asbestos.

Asbestos exposure is a severe health risk that can potentially lead to conditions like mesothelioma, lung cancer and other types of asbestos-related cancer.

 Federal and state regulations typically require asbestos surveys and inspections be completed on projects at institutional, commercial or industrial buildings undergoing renovations or demolition.

L&R provides asbestos surveys, assessments and proactive management of asbestos containing materials (ACM) in an organized, thorough and consistent manner.

 Our team has extensive experience in preforming comprehensive asbestos surveys including asbestos screenings, pre-demolition asbestos surveys, and pre-renovation asbestos surveys. Our team of professionals maintain certifications including Certified AHERA Asbestos Inspectors, NIOSH Technicians Certified in Asbestos Fiber Counting, Management Planners, and Project Designers.

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals.  The six forms of asbestos are: Actinolite, Amosite, Anthophyllite, Chrysotile, Crocidolite, and Tremolite.  Asbestos fibers are strong and flexible enough to be spun and woven and are heat and chemical resistant, making them useful for many industrial purposes.  Due to these properties asbestos has been used in over 3,000 different products.

Asbestos is most commonly found in older homes and buildings in the following materials:

  • pipe and furnace insulation materials
  • roofing materials
  • exterior siding
  • wallboard and textures/joint compound
  • textured paints and other coating materials
  • flooring materials and adhesives

While many asbestos containing materials have been banned in the United States, asbestos continues to be used today in building material construction making it necessary to test modern building materials.

The following are some of the materials in which the use of asbestos is not banned and may be used in new construction today:

  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Roofing felt
  • Roof coatings
  • Non-roofing coatings
  • Millboard
  • Cement shingle
  • Cement pipe
  • Cement corrugated sheet
  • Cement flat sheet
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disk brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Clothing

If asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities, asbestos fibers can be released to the air where they can become an inhalation hazard.  To be a significant health concern, asbestos fibers must be inhaled at high concentrations over an extended timeframe.  Significant exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is scarring of the lung tissue.  Asbestosis restricts breathing leading to decreased lung volume and increased resistance in the airways. It is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years.

 Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural lining and is considered to be exclusively related to asbestos exposure. By the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal. Similar to other asbestos related diseases, mesothelioma has a longer latency period of 30 to 40 years.

Asbestos can be positively identified in air, bulk, and/or dust samples only by trained analysts using specialized microscopes.  L&R has trained and experienced staff along with the necessary equipment and instrumentation to provide quality asbestos analysis of air, bulk, and/or dust samples.  We offer various methodologies (NIOSH, EPA, OSHA, ASTM, etc.) utilizing Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) and Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM).

Laurie Kuther is an Environmental Professional and professional asbestos laboratory analyst. Laurie has worked as an asbestos analyst in the Treasure Valley for the past 11 years and has analyzed thousands of samples for the presence of asbestos.

Laurie has been trained at the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago – the world’s preeminent leader in microscopy education and research.

Contacting our Asbestos Laboratory

For further information concerning our Asbestos Laboratory, please contact us by phone or email as follows:

Laurie Kuther, Laboratory Manager

(208)813-6160

[email protected]