Asbestos testing is required in order to detect the presence of asbestos. Testing for the presence of asbestos is normally done by an environmental type laboratory. A laboratory of this nature can properly test and identify any asbestos that s present.
Usually within 24 hours a reputable testing service will have the results of any asbestos samples that are taken from a particular location. A survey sample analysis is almost always done which makes the entire testing process much more effective.
However, it is always possible for the client to collect their own asbestos samples and send the samples directly to a laboratory or testing service. If you choose to collect and send your own samples to a laboratory there are certain instructions that must be carefully followed.
First, all suspected samples must be carefully placed in a container or small jiffy type bag. Make sure all containers are clean and sterile. It is a good idea to also place an envelope inside the sample box and mark “ FTAO” for the Laboratory Manager.
Make certain you seal the original shipping box wit heavy duty duct tape. Finally, send all samples to an accredited asbestos testing facility. Of course, there is a charge associated with testing for asbestos. All related charges and costs should be discussed in advance of testing.
Depending upon the results of your asbestos samples will determine how to proceed. If the samples test positive for the presence of asbestos, more than likely you will set an appointment for trained specialists to come and remove all asbestos from the location.
Trained asbestos removal specialists will carefully remove and dispose of all asbestos safely. Specialists wear special clothing to protect themselves from the harmful effects of asbestos. Asbestos can have harmful effects after long term exposure. Asbestos can greatly harm the respiratory system making breathing quite difficult.