We offer testing and analysis for Asbestos and Mold, for both the public and private sector. Our clients include:
• Abatement Companies
• Business and Industry
The NorthWest HazMat laboratory is unique in several ways. We provide routine testing services of two business day results, however, we also provide 4 hour rush results upon request, as well as 24 hour emergency testing services that includes nights and weekends. As we have one of the only onsite asbestos and mold testing laboratories in the Southern Willamette Valley, we can provide quicker turnaround times and a more personalized service. If you have any questions you can talk directly with the lab technician who is testing your samples.
You can access our services one of three ways:
IN PERSON Sample the material yourself and bring it to NorthWest HazMat (See our step by step guide below)
MAIL Sample the material yourself and mail to NorthWest HazMat (See our step by step guide below)
CALL US We can send a certified asbestos/mold professional to your location to survey your property and take the appropriate samples for analysis. (Additional costs will apply)
WORDS OF CAUTION
Asbestos is a hazardous material. It has been known to cause lung cancer as well as other types of cancers specifically mesothelioma.
It is at its most dangerous form when it becomes airborne. Any type of construction, remodeling, demolition, or even minor repairs can pose the risk for asbestos fibers to become airborne. Use caution when disturbing building components. When in doubt have it tested!!
WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN ASBESTOS? Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) are broken down into three categories:
Surfacing Materials – ACM sprayed or troweled on surfaces (walls, ceilings, structure members) for acoustical, decorative, or fireproofing purposes. This includes plaster and fireproofing insulation. The common term popcorn ceiling also falls under this category.
Thermal System Insulation – Insulation used to inhabit heat transfer or prevent condensation on pipes, boilers, tanks, ducts, and various other components of hot and cold water systems and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning(HVAC) systems. This includes pipe lagging, pipe wrap; block, ban, and blanket insulation; cements and “muds”; and a variety of other products such as gaskets and ropes.
Miscellaneous Materials – Other common largely non friable products and materials such as floor tile, ceiling tile, roofing felt, concrete pipe, outdoor siding, and fabrics.
Use caution; be careful when disturbing building components. Don’t spread asbestos fibers throughout your work area, your home or business.
Chrysotile Asbestos Fibers under PLM
HOW MUCH TO SAMPLE?
Asbestos can be grouped into two separate categories:
FRIABLE, which means it can be turned into powder with your hand and NON-FRIABLE which cannot be ground up.
For Friable materials we suggest about a table spoon. (Attic insulation, popcorn ceiling material)
For Non-Friable materials: about one square inch. (Floor tile, putty, linoleum)
Lab Technician at work
I’VE GOT MY SAMPLE. NOW WHAT!
Now that you have your sample in a proper container, zip lock bag or film container you now have our chain of custody to fill out.
Click here to open our chain of custody. Also see our sample.
Fill out the highlighted areas and sign the bottom. You can now either send in your sample by mail or bring it to our office. If you bring your sample in you can fill out the chain of custody here.
One of our asbestos technicians will then analyze your sample/s.
We provide the following asbestos testing services:
(PLM) Polarized Light Microscopy, analysis of Bulk Samples
(PCM) Phase Contrast Microscopy, analysis of Air Samples
In order to assure the highest ethical standards in our testing facility, we do not offer asbestos removal services.