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What Exactly is Asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a set of highly fibrous minerals characterized by long, thin, separable fibers. These separated asbestos fibers possess sufficient strength and flexibility for spinning and weaving. The heat-resistant nature of asbestos fibers makes them suitable for numerous industrial applications.

Asbestos has been commonly employed in a range of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-resistant substance. The heat and chemical-resistant properties of asbestos fibers led to their use in more than 3,000 diverse products, including roofing materials, brake pads, and cement pipes often utilized in water distribution to communities. Nowadays, asbestos is predominantly found in older houses, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints, other coating materials, and floor tiles.

Elevated levels of airborne asbestos may occur after materials containing asbestos are disturbed by activities such as cutting, sanding or other renovation tasks. Inappropriate attempts at removing these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air within homes, thereby increasing asbestos levels and putting the home’s inhabitants at risk.

The positive identification of asbestos can only be made by a trained analyst utilizing a specialized microscope.

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* You can opt to mail or drop off your samples at one of our 49 local labs located across the US and Canada. Local drop off facilitates a quicker turnaround with same-day processing.

If you’ve already collected a material sample and don’t need an Asbestos Test Kit, we offer two submission alternatives: either mailing your sample or delivering it to a local lab. Our EPA certified, NVLAP accredited asbestos testing lab stands ready to analyze your potential asbestos-containing material.

Steps for Submitting Your Sample: Adhere to the EPA sampling guide directions and download a sample submission form. Afterward, select the turnaround [TAT] time for your results. Finally, either post your sample(s) together with payment to the lab or bring them to one of our 49 local labs distributed across the US and Canada for fastest processing.

Submitting your sample via local lab drop off: You can opt to deliver your samples at one of our local labs situated throughout the US and Canada. This method offers a quicker turnaround with same-day processing.

Post your sample[s] to: Please select one of the two forms below depending on your geographic location. Remember to include the $95 lab processing fee payment with your mailed sample.

United States

EMSL Analytical, Inc.:
200 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077


EMSL Canada, Inc.
2756 Slough Street Mississauga, ON, L4T 1G3

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is the name of a group of highly fibrous minerals with separable, long, and thin fibers. Separated asbestos fibers are strong enough and flexible enough to be spun and woven. Asbestos fibers are heat resistant, making them useful for many industrial purposes.

Asbestos has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and most chemicals, they have been mined for use in over 3,000 different products, including roofing materials, brake pads, and cement pipe often used in distributing water to communities. Today, asbestos is most commonly found in older homes, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints and other coating materials, and floor tiles.

Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air in homes, increasing asbestos levels and endangering people living in those homes.

Asbestos can be positively identified only by a trained analyst using a specialized microscope.

Locate Your Local Lab

With 49 certified asbestos testing labs scattered across the US and Canada, EMSL provides accessible, user-friendly, and expedited testing services for possible asbestos materials. You can locate your closest laboratory by clicking on the map above. We offer the convenience of either sending your samples to us or delivering them directly at any of these sites. Choosing to drop your samples off at one of our 49 local lab sites, ensures the fastest turnaround, eliminating the need for test kit requests or mailing delays.

Have you found materials in your home that you think might have asbestos? If so, count on EMSL for precise testing and assurance.

Asbestos—a substance once widely used in construction, paper products, plastics, and more—now causes the death of thousands of Americans annually due to related diseases. Exposure often takes place indoors, where it could be unknowingly discharged from these everyday materials. The long-term health impacts, particularly on the lungs, are a significant cause for concern. Chronic inhalation exposure can result in serious respiratory conditions, such as asbestosis, typified by shortness of breath and coughing.

Furthermore, exposure to asbestos can raise the risk of cancer. Inhalation can induce lung cancer and mesothelioma, and it’s also potentially connected to gastrointestinal cancers.

The EPA classifies asbestos as Group A, a proven human carcinogen. Its presence can only be confirmed with a special type of microscope, underlining the necessity of professional testing. EMSL’s accredited asbestos testing labs offer definitive and reliable analysis. Rely on us for your safety assurance.

Asbestos Test Kit

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Test for Asbestos in Floor Tiles, Flooring, Ceiling Tiles, Spray-on Popcorn Ceilings, Sheetrock & Beyond.

Asbestos Testing Is Straightforward & Economical
Inside your Asbestos Test Kit by EMSL Analytical, you’ll discover simple instructions on how to send your materials for asbestos testing. EMSL Analytical, a foremost nationwide testing laboratory, utilizes analytical methods that allow for swift, affordable, and precise identification of Asbestos.


Relied Upon by Inspectors, Property Managers, Building Owners, Real Estate and Environmental Experts
Our testing kits provide clear, easy-to-understand instructions that enable both the home DIY-er and the field professional to include a testing service as part of an inspection or prevention strategy. All kits come with prepaid postage and a range of turnaround options including same-day!

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