Few things have the potential to impact rising property values, leasing opportunities, or building renovations like the discovery of asbestos. Because it was a valuable reinforcing, insulating, and fire-proofing material, asbestos was used widely in construction materials. Loose fill attic insulation known as vermiculite is also a concern as it may contain small amounts of asbestos fibres. Testing of building materials and vermiculite is the only way to determine if they contain asbestos.
Asbestos testing is the responsibility of anyone who launches a renovation, demolition, or maintenance project that results in structural disturbance.
A thorough analysis of any suspect material can be carried out in our laboratory in Dartmouth, NS. We also have the ability to conduct analysis in a portable laboratory, which can be set up at any building site for larger projects.
Rush and regular turnaround times are available to fit your budget and project needs. Regular turnaround samples are issued within one week (five business days) while rush turnaround samples are provided within two business days. Written reports are provided in PDF by email once analysis is complete. Each report provides a description of the methodology used in the analysis and the acceptable asbestos ranges by province on the cover page followed by the analytical data presented in a table of results.
Accreditation & Qualifications
Our asbestos laboratory in Dartmouth, NS is one of the few Canadian laboratories accredited by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab code 201032-0) for the identification of asbestos in bulk samples, and the only one in Atlantic Canada. In fact it is the only lab east of Ontario with this recognized accreditation and quality control program.
Our analysts have been trained at the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago – the world’s preeminent leader in microscopy education and research.
We also operate to an ISO 9001:2008 Registered Quality Management System.
All of this provides an assurance of accurate and legally defensible analysis for clients, building owners, and laboratories.
Contacting our Asbestos Laboratory
For further information concerning our Asbestos Laboratory, please contact us by phone or email as follows:
Jason Stapleton, Laboratory Supervisor