Sampling and Testing for Asbestos

Certified Laboratories

To find laboratories certified for asbestos and fibers analysis, contact the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, Environmental Laboratory Approval Program, by phone (518) 485-5570 or by email elap@health.state.ny.us.

Air Sampling for Asbestos and Fibers

  • Asbestos and Other Fibers by Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) - NIOSH Method 7400

    This method is for the analysis of asbestos in air by Phase Contrast Microscopy. Results are reported as fibers per cubic centimeter and depend on the volume of air sampled. PCM analysis is not asbestos fiber specific and will count all fibers meeting the methods criteria for fiber determination.

  • Appendix A to Subpart E of Part 763, Interim Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Analytical Methods

    Mandatory, Nonmandatory and Mandatory Sections to determine completion of response actions. This method is for the analysis of asbestos in air by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Results are reported as structures per square millimeter and are specific for the determination of asbestos fibers present in the sample. This procedure is typically required in Schools K-12 after completion of an asbestos abatement project, for final re-occupancy criteria.

Bulk Sampling for Asbestos

Frequently Asked Questions

The New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program's FAQ Document includes information on ceiling tile analysis and frequently asked questions on asbestos/fibers analysis. This document was developed through collaboration of the New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Approval Program, New York State Department of Health-Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention and the New York State Department of Labor.

The New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program's Vermiculite Guidance includes information on vermiculite analysis.

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