Asbestos Analysis

SAI’s state of the art Asbestos Laboratory provides quality analytical results with turnaround times as rapid as 90 minutes for PLM samples and 3 hours for TEM samples. Our capabilities include: Airborne Sample Analysis, Bulk Sample Analysis, Dust Sample Analysis and Water Sample Analysis.

Equipment: In order to provide the most accurate results, SAI has selected the best available scientific equipment for our laboratory. Our Phase Contrast Microscopes (PCM) and Polarized Light Microscopes (PLM), designed by Leica, incorporate the latest advances in optical engineering that allows our scientists to improve the accuracy of their findings. Our electron microscopy facility houses Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM: models JEOL 2000-FX and JEOL 1200-EX), along with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM: Hitachi S-800 field-emission) which allow us to effortlessly handle the identification of asbestos through morphology to >500,000X magnification, chemistry by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDXA), and atomic crystal d-spacing measurements from Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED). Additionally, this facility provides us with the resources necessary to conduct more sophisticated forensic materials analysis, such as full scan X-ray Diffraction XRD (see also Silica and Industrial Hygiene).

Acceditations: SAI is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for the analysis of airborne asbestos by TEM and for the analysis of bulk asbestos by PLM (NVLAP Lab Code: 200664-0). Additionally, SAI is a fully-accredited AIHA Industrial Hygiene Laboratory (IHLAP) for asbestos analyses, including PCM, PLM, and TEM (AIHA IHPAT Lab ID: 173190). Browse SAI’s full list of accreditations.

Asbestos Analysis Capabilities

Airborne Sample Analysis

Airborne Asbestos Analysis by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM):

  • AHERA Methodology (40 CFR, Part 763, Subpart E, Appendix A)
  • Yamate Level II Methodology (EPA Contract No. 68-02-3266)
  • NIOSH 7402

Airborne Fiber Analysis by Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM):

  • NIOSH 7400

Bulk Sample Analysis

Bulk Asbestos Analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy:

  • EPA Method: 600/R-93/116
  • EPA Method: 600/M4-82-020

Bulk Asbestos Analysis by Transmission Electron Microscopy:

  • EPA/600/R-93/116

Dust Sample Analysis

Analysis for Asbestos Structure Number Concentration of Microvacuum Samples by Transmission Electron Microscopy:

  • ASTM Designation: D5755-02

Analysis for Asbestos Structure Number Concentration of Wipe Surface Samples by Transmission Electron Microscopy:

  • ASTM Designation: D6480-99

Water Sample Analysis

Determination of Asbestos Structure Concentration in Drinking Water by Transmission Electron Microscopy:

  • EPA Method 100.2