PROFESSIONAL ASBESTOS TEST KIT
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has determined that asbestos is a
known carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are asbestos
containing materials in most of the nation’s 107,000 schools and over 733,000 public and
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment that is made up of long, thin fibers that
look similar to fiberglass. Because of its strengthening, heat and sound proofing capability,
manufacturers have used asbestos to make many different products including, pipe insulation, ceiling and
floor tile, paints, caulking, fire resistant clothing, and brake pads.
HOW DO YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ASBESTOS?
Although the EPA has established a very broad ban on the use of asbestos, it is still a health hazard in
many homes, offices and schools. Asbestos fibers come from the breakdown of man-made products such
as insulation, paints, caulking, table pads, draperies, ceiling and floor tiles, roof shingles, cement, hair
dryers and many other products. As asbestos becomes friable (chipped, cracked, crumbly, powdery, flaky
or decayed), the fibers can be released into the air and then inhaled.
WHAT CAN ASBESTOS DO TO YOU?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has determined that asbestos is a known
carcinogen. When inhaled, even in small amounts, asbestos fibers can cause a range of severe diseases
including lung cancer, asbestosis (an irreversible scarring of the lungs similar to emphysema), and
mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest and abdominal linings which causes tumors which grow, spread
rapidly and are 100% fatal). Exposure to asbestos may also increase the risk of other cancers such as
those of the larynx (throat) and of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach).
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE AN ASBESTOS PROBLEM?
To find out if asbestos is a problem in your home or office, you must test. The PRO-LAB Professional
Asbestos Test Kit is an NVLAP approved laboratory test that will accurately and reliably analyze your
collected bulk sample for asbestos contamination to 1% content by weight, providing a professional lab
report within one week of our receipt of your test sample(s).
COMPLETE DIRECTIONS INSIDE
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
One (1) sample collection bag
Pre-paid postage envelope
*NVLAP analysis of bulk asbestos samples
using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
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If you spend time in a home, office, or school, that was built or remodeled between the years 1900 and 1978, it is highly
possible that you are being exposed to asbestos, a cancer causing building material. Cancer development from asbestos exposure
usually takes between 15 and 30 years. Because of this time lapse, and the nature of asbestos, which was used widely during
manufacturing in the 1970’s, an estimated 20,000 people will die each year for the next 30 years from asbestos exposure.
IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU MUST READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTINUE WARNING: Asbestos poses a health hazard only if fibers are released into the air. If asbestos has been damaged, so that it is getting
into the air you breath, it should be either removed or contained. NEVER ATTEMPT TO TEAR OUT ASBESTOS-CONTAINING
MATERIAL YOURSELF; the danger of exposure during removal is much greater than the low level of exposure you face from
undisturbed but damaged material. Always be cautious around suspected asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos has been used in the
manufacture of such building products as popcorn ceiling material, vinyl and linoleum flooring and associated mastics, pipe and water
tank insulation, acoustic ceiling tile, exterior siding and stucco, wallboard (including joint compound and tape), wall and cei ling
plaster, insulation behind wall heaters, window caulking, etc. In short, any building material that is not glass, wood, steel, yellow or
pink fiberglass could contain asbestos and should not be disturbed until it has been tested. The biggest danger comes from fria ble
asbestos building materials that have become damaged. Look for areas where asbestos has become water-damaged, dented, corroded,
blistered, or otherwise damaged in a way likely to release fibers into the air. If you find damaged asbestos, DO NOT DISTURB IT.
PRO-LAB does not intend for the following to be used as a guide or as instructions by anyone, whether they be trained and
licensed professionals or not, for the disturbance of asbestos-containing materials. The primary way that asbestos causes dam-
age is by breathing in airborne fibers that are often too small to see. Proper respiratory protection should be used whenever i t
is likely that airborne asbestos fibers are present.
COLLECTION OF SAMPLE NOTE: The use of proper respiratory protection is advisable. When applicable, a plastic drop cloth should also be used.
1. Locate the sample location and suspected material.
2. Put on the enclosed plastic gloves to avoid contact between your skin and the sample.
3. Completely wet the sample location using a spray bottle with a soap and water solution (one teaspoon of soap per quart of
water). The sample location should be kept wet throughout the sampling procedure to prevent the release of airborne fibers.
4. Collect the sample using a razor knife, chisel or another tool capable of securing a sample of the entire matrix. (example:
the underlying scratch coat beneath popcorn ceiling, pipe insulation and mastic on seams, vinyl flooring including any
additional layers of vinyl and/or mastic.)
5. Place the sample in one of the enclosed sample bags and seal.
6. Completely fill out the information form. (analysis can not be conducted unless you submit all the information requested.)
STANDARD LAB RESULTS
The PRO-LAB Professional Asbestos Kit requires a $30 lab fee in order to analyze
the sample. Place the sample bags in the enclosed pre-paid postage envelope
along with the information form, and a check, mon ey order (made payable to
PRO-LAB ) or a credit card voucher for $30 per sample submitted (Visa, MasterCard,
AMEX or Discover only). Mail immediately within 24 hours of the collection
of the sample(s). Within two weeks after PRO-LAB has received your sample(s),
we will send you an easy to read evaluation indicating the exact content of
asbestos in your sample.
EXPRESS FAX SERVICE
Express Service is available for an additional $15 per sample, or a
total of $45 per sample. In order to use the express service, you
must send the sample(s) , the information form and proper payment
to PRO-LAB using an overnight shipping company such as Federal Express,
Airborne Express or UPS. Send the samples to PRO-LAB, 1675 N. Commerce
Parkway, Suite 100, Weston, FL 33326. (Express sample can only be
received Monday - Friday). Within 72 hours of our receipt, you will
receive your faxed results. PRO-LAB® 1675 N. Commerce Parkway,
Suite 100 - Weston, FL 33326
PRO-LAB catalog includes Test Kits for Mold, Radon Gas, Water Quality, Asbestos, Lead, Carbon Monoxide, and Bacteria.