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  • Asbestos Siding on Homes May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    Many homes built between the 1930s and the 1970s were constructed using asbestos siding and shingles on the exterior of the property. Due to the material’s strength, durability and fire resistant properties it was a popular ingredient in both manmade shingles and siding products. Over time, these materials can become damaged and begin to degrade. When this occurs, cancer causing asbestos ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Textured Paints and Coatings May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    During the mid-1900s, textured paints and coatings were commonly used in many residential and commercial properties.  Many of these buildings are still in use today. Unfortunately, a number of these materials  contained asbestos. Textured paints and coatings were used for both decorative and protective purposes. Asbestos was added to  these materials due to its strength and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pipe Insulation in Homes May Expose People to Dangerous Asbestos Fibers

    Cinnaminson, NJ, October 15, 2012 Many homes built up until the 1970s were constructed using insulating blankets and paper tape on their steam pipes, boilers and furnace ducts that contained asbestos. Due to the material’s strength, durability, and insulating fire resistant properties it was a popular choice and was installed in many homes and buildings.� Over time, these materials can ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Michigan asbestos testing laboratory can help prevent dangerous exposure to deadly asbestos fibers

    Last month it was reported in Detroit that close to 1,000 students and volunteers may have been exposed to deadly asbestos at a historic Detroit landmark. The volunteers worked over 75,000 hours this summer cleaning up the aging Michigan Central Train Station.The historic landmark has been an eyesore for area residents and its owner that had been under pressure to begin renovations. The ...


  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos: Risks and prevention

    Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Exposure occurs when the microscopic fibers that make up asbestos are either inhaled or ingested into the body. This typically happens after asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed and have released asbestos fibers into the air. In the past, some of the more common locations for asbestos ...


  • Mesothelioma and the hazards of asbestos exposure

    As a result of the recently declared Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos awareness has been on the rise. Considering the presence of asbestos-containing materials in older homes and buildings, and the fact that asbestos is not banned in the United States, public health officials advise citizens to educate themselves on the risks of ...


  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms U.S. Consumption of Asbestos Fiber Increased 13% in 2011

    The following statement was issued today by Linda Reinstein, Co-Founder, President & CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), ...

  • ASTM C458 / C458M - 98(2011)e1 Standard Test Method for Organic Fiber Content of Asbestos-Cement Products

    This test method covers the determination of the organic fiber content of asbestos-cement products. Three apparatuses shall be used: sieve; drying oven; and an apparatus for determination of total carbon by direct combustion. Hydrochloric acid should be used as a reagent. A calculation shall be made to determine the organic fiber content. Repeatability of the mass of organic fiber ...


    By ASTM International

  • Presentations Available from International Symposium on Asbestos-Like Fibers from Nanomaterials and Other Advanced Materials

    On June 14, 2016, Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) posted the presentations from the April 20, 2016, symposium, “WHO fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials: Do we have to tackle a new asbestos problem in ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • ASTM D2752 / D2752M - 88(2011)e1 Standard Test Methods for Air Permeability of Asbestos Fibers

    The degree of fiberization or subdivision of the asbestos fiber bundles in a specimen is related to its resistance to air flow. The number and size of the pores in the specimen are a function of the size of the fiber bundles and determine the resistance to air flow through the plug. Test specimens that have undergone a higher degree of fiberization will yield higher ...


    By ASTM International

  • Automotive industry impacted by asbestos

    A recent asbestos-related case in the United Kingdom has highlighted the risks associated with workers employed in the automotive industry. The latest case follows a similar suit involving Kelvin Parker, a former installer of insulation and suspended ceilings at the Longbridge site. Parker, 54, was initially diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2007. After passing away on November 19, 2008, his ...


  • ASTM C1154 - 06(2011) Standard Terminology for Non-Asbestos Fiber-Reinforced Cement Products

    1. Scope 1.1 This standard covers definitions pertaining to non-asbestos fiber-reinforced cement products under the jurisdiction of Committee C17. 2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) ASTM Standards C150 Specification for Portland Cement C618 Specification for Coal Fly Ash and Raw or Calcined Natural ...


    By ASTM International

  • ASTM C1096 / C1096M - 07(2011)e1 Standard Test Method for Determination of Wood Fiber in Asbestos Cement

    The determination of wood fiber in asbestos-cement products is necessary because such fibers may be added when multi-wall paper bags containing the asbestos are included in the batch formulations, or cellulose may be added as a processing aid during the manufacture of the products. Although moderate concentrations of wood fiber usually have a negligible effect on product ...


    By ASTM International

  • ASTM D2947 / D2947M - 88(2011)e1 Standard Test Method for Screen Analysis of Asbestos Fibers

    Test results give some indication of the apparent fiber length distribution in the sample tested. Sieves are ideally suited to measure particle size and particle size distribution when all three axes of the particle are equidimensional or the particle is of spherical shape. Asbestos fibers differ considerably from these ideal conditions and, therefore, results depart ...


    By ASTM International

  • ASTM D2589 / D2589M - 88(2011)e1 Standard Test Method for McNett Wet Classification of Dual Asbestos Fiber

    Normally, results obtained by this test method are reproducible under comparable laboratory conditions. However, it must not be expected that results obtained by different operators at various laboratories and times will be in exact agreement due to some seemingly minor procedural change. Moreover, results for longer fiber grades are influenced to a greater extent by differences ...


    By ASTM International

  • Asbestos…still an issue

    On June 17 of last year the federal government declared a public health emergency in Libby, Montana. The reason for the declaration was the asbestos exposure and contamination caused by the asbestos mine that began operations in 1919 near the small town. The declaration assures that there will be cleanup funds and money available for medical screening and treatment for area residents. In February ...


  • Fire Debris May Spread Asbestos

    If a fire occurs in a building constructed between 1935 and 1970 near your home, you may want to avoid spending time outside in your yard and call an asbestos remediation professional immediately. The deadly asbestos fibers, which may have been released by the fire, can spread in the air and settle on nearby properties, putting you and your neighbors at risk. A recent incident in Scotland ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California Mall Faces Asbestos Abatement

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to ensure construction and remediation projects across California do not cause indoor air quality (IAQ) problems from asbestos. During the busy holiday shopping season in December, a broken sprinkler pipe burst causing flooding at the Garden Walk Mall in Chico, California.  Not only did the flooding from the broken pipe happen at an unfortunate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Floods Cause Asbestos Scare in Washington

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep area residents and cleanup workers safe from its deadly fibers. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month The Seattle Times reported about asbestos concerns along the Sumas River in Washington.  It all began with flooding that occurred back in January of 2009 that spread debris carried ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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