EMSL Analytical, Inc, a worldwide provider of asbestos, environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services has announced that their Beltsville, MD laboratory is open 7 days for asbestos analysis by PCM, PLM and TEM.
Asbestos was used in many building materials that found their way into hundreds of thousands of homes all across the country up until the late 1970s. Its insulting and fire resistant properties made it a common material used for insulating pipes. As many of these homes begin to age and require updated plumbing and remodeling the risks associated with aerosolizing the asbestos insulation become a real concern for home owners.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exposure to asbestos increases one’s risk of developing lung cancer. The three major cancers associated with exposure include asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Many of these cancers may not appear until many years after exposure.
Asbestos was also commonly used in other household materials such as tiles, siding and adhesives. The dangers from asbestos begin when the asbestos fibers become friable or are disturbed so they become airborne. Once airborne they can be breathed or settle into dust to later be aerosolized again and pose a risk. Because of this homeowners need to aware of the fact that asbestos products may be in their homes and if they should not disturb the materials without professional help.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, the world’s largest asbestos testing laboratory offers testing solutions for homeowners and environmental professionals who need to determine if their building materials or products contain asbestos. “EMSL has been providing asbestos analysis since we opened our doors in 1981,” reported Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President for EMSL Analytical. “Several of our laboratories are now open 7 days a week to provide the highest level of customer service in the industry.,” Frasca continued.
EMSL is the world’s leading Indoor Air Quality Testing Laboratory with close to 40 laboratory locations specializing in the analysis of soot, mold, mycotoxins, bacteria, endotoxins, asbestos, radon, allergens, legionella, salmonella, formaldehyde, voc’s, metals, silica, USP797, chemicals and the identification of unknown materials. EMSL’s trusted quality in providing accurate and reliable laboratory analysis has been recognized by various federal, state and private accrediting agencies including AIHA, A2LA, NVLAP, CA-ELAP, TX DOH and NYDOH.
For more information, visit www.EMSL.com or call 1-800-220-3675(East Coast), 1-866-798-1089(West Coast).