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Asbestos Laboratory
Air and Bulk Sample Analysis

Created in 2010, JADA Solution’s development of an in-house Asbestos Laboratory was another large step towards their commitment to delivering high level Hazardous Materials consulting. The In-house Asbestos Laboratory allows JADA Solution (HSE) Inc the ability to turn around sample analysis very efficiently and economically.

JADA Solutions (HSE) Inc. laboratory technicians are equipped with training from the McCrone Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

“Recognized internationally as a leader in microscopy education and as a world-class Illinois research organization on the forefront of the technological frontier, McCrone Research Institute continues to fulfill Dr. McCrone’s mission of providing the highest quality microscopy and microanalytical education and research without commercial objectives so that you can focus on your own educational and scientific goals and achieve career success. “

McCrone’s Research Institute Website (www.mcri.org)

Asbestos Air Sample Analysis

Asbestos air monitoring is completed during abatement activities. Typically both “occupational” and “area” sampling is completed to ensure worker safety in compliance with legislation. For Occupational samples, workers will wear a small pump attached to a sample media located in the workers breathing zone. The pump will draw air through the media and the filter will be analyzed to determine worker protection levels and safety throughout the abatement process. Area samples undergo a similar process with the exception of not being worn by a worker. Area samples are used to determine the effectiveness of the containment as well as the migration of fibers throughout the abatement work.

Samples are analyzed using the NIOSH 7400 for Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM). PCM is the standard when measuring fibre concentrations of air samples. PCM can be accomplished with a efficient turnaround time at a relatively low cost .

Asbestos Bulk Sample Analysis

Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can include a multitude of different types of construction materials such as insulation, dry wall mud, vinyl tile, mastic, and ceiling tile, all of which are our most common samples.

Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) is the most common technique for the analysis of bulk samples. Specific optical properties can be observed using polarized light. This technique can differentiate the fibres identifying asbestos vs. non- asbestos components.