Asbestos Testing Services

With a network of 49 accredited asbestos testing labs throughout the US and Canada, EMSL offers comprehensive, user-friendly, and prompt testing services for potential asbestos materials. You can locate your nearest laboratory using the map provided below. We offer the convenience of either mailing your samples to us or dropping them off at any of our locations. Choosing the latter ensures the fastest turnaround, eliminating the need for test kit requests and avoiding mailing delays.

Do you have materials in your home that you suspect might contain asbestos? Trust in EMSL for precise testing and assurance.

Once widely used in construction, paper products, plastics, and more, asbestos is now responsible for thousands of American deaths every year due to related diseases. The exposure often happens indoors, where asbestos may be unknowingly released from everyday materials. Its long-term health impacts, especially on the lungs, are a significant cause for concern. Chronic inhalation exposure can result in severe respiratory diseases such as asbestosis, characterized by shortness of breath and coughing.

Further, exposure to asbestos can elevate the risk of cancer. Inhaling asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, and there’s potential association with gastrointestinal cancers.

The EPA classifies asbestos as Group A, a known human carcinogen. Its presence can only be confirmed with a specific type of microscope, emphasizing the significance of professional testing. EMSL’s accredited asbestos testing labs provide definitive and reliable analysis. Count on us to safeguard your well-being.

How to Submit Your Sample:

Adhere to the EPA sampling guide instructions and download a sample submission form

Choose your preferred turnaround [TAT] time for your results.

Finally, mail your sample(s) with payment to the laboratory or drop them off at one of our 49 local labs throughout the US and Canada for quickest processing.

Mail your sample[s] to:

United States

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

Canada

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

Only a specific type of microscope can definitively identify asbestos. That’s why it’s essential to have suspected materials tested by an accredited asbestos testing lab such as EMSL for a conclusive analysis.

Asbestos Sampling Guide

Asbestos consultants are experts in the proper collection of samples for asbestos analysis.

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Standard precautions include:

Sample Submission Forms

Please choose from one of the two forms below based on your geographic location:

United States

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

Canada

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

Interpreting Test Results

What Are the Permissible Asbestos Exposure Limits?

The following exposure limits are for the workplace environment for fibers longer than 5 micrometers:

OSHA

The legal airborne permissible exposure limit [PEL] is 0.1 fiber/cc (fiber per cubic centimeter), averaged over an 8-hour work shift, and 1 fiber/cc not to exceed during any 30-minute work period.

NIOSH

The recommended airborne exposure limit is 0.1 fiber/cc (fiber per cubic centimeter), averaged over an 8-hour work shift.

ACGIH

The recommended airborne exposure limit is 0.2 crocidolite, 0.5 amosite, 2 chrysotile, and other asbestos fibers/cc.

Asbestos is classified as a CARCINOGEN in humans. There may be NO safe level of exposure to a carcinogen, so all contact should be minimized as much as possible.

EPA Facts

Asbestos Releases to Water and Land, 1987 to 1993 (in pounds):

Top 5 States*:WaterLand
PA02,945,049
LA612,256,400
TX01,737,200
AR1,000568,227
VA0480,000
Major Industries*:WaterLand
Asbestos products3,0052,510,227
Alkalis, chlorine1,9732,256,404
>Industrial organic chems01,230,000
Asphalt felts, coatings5871,067
Auto parts0563,694
Petroleum refining0314,560
Plastic pipes0235,200
Shipbuilding, repairing0211,400