Asbestos Testing Services
Asbestos testing has to do with evaluating the presence of harmful asbestos fibers in a person, product or structure. Asbestos testing can identify whether or not present levels of asbestos pose a health threat to human health. Asbestos has been used in the making of thousands of products in a variety of industries.
Asbestos was used extensively from the 1930s through the 70s in the shipyard, railroad, factory, automobile, construction, and building industries. It was soon discovered that asbestos exposure causes serious health problems in humans ranging from chronic lung and stomach problems to deadly forms of asbestos cancer.
Asbestos Test Methods
Since it was established that asbestos poses a serious human health threat, there have been asbestos testing methods developed in order to determine asbestos exposure levels in people, work environments, products, and structures.
If a person has been exposed to harmful levels of asbestos in the last fifty years, asbestos testing can help determine if they are at risk for developing serious asbestos related diseases. Chest x-rays and lung functioning tests can be performed by medical professionals in asbestos testing.
Asbestos testing of the urine, feces, mucus, or lung fluid can also measure the amount of asbestos present in the body. Employers of those who are exposed to asbestos in the work environment are required by law to provide employees with routine medical asbestos testing.
Government Requirements – OSHA Limits
The government also requires that asbestos related industries conduct asbestos testing in the work environment on a regular basis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set permissible exposure levels on the amount of asbestos that can be present in the workplace: no more than 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter for an eight hour work day, and no more than 1 fiber per cubic centimeter in a thirty minute period. Many work environments are subject to asbestos testing on a daily basis to ensure that workers are not harmed.
Asbestos testing can also involve testing an existing product or structure for harmful levels of asbestos. Home and building dwellers may be exposed to asbestos when existing products or structures deteriorate or release asbestos fibers into the air because of damage or manipulation.
Seek Professional Testing
There are licensed professionals available in your area that conduct safe asbestos testing on products and structures to determine the health risks involved and the steps that can be taken to minimize this risk. Professional asbestos testing and abatement experts are the only people who can safely remove or repair asbestos containing products and structures.
If you have been injured or suspect injury as a result of asbestos exposure, asbestos testing can help determine your risks and the extent of prior asbestos exposure. Victims of asbestos injuries may be eligible to receive compensation for their suffering. For more information on asbestos testing, please Contact an Asbestos Attorney familiar with mesothelioma and asbestos law cases.
Call us today at 253-201-0447 to remove all contaminants from your asbestos-containing building.