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Asbestos

This Fact Sheet is presented by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA) to assist in the selection of analytical parameters and the associated Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures to be utilized in Phase II Environmental Assessments under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields initiative. This fact sheet is presented for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a federal policy or directive. The Brownfields Coordinator for this region may be reached at 215-814-5000.

ANALYSIS METHODS

Please note that the methods listed below are EPA approved and the most commonly used by EPA and their contractors. However, they are not the only methods for the analysis of asbestos. In addition, these are not drinking water test methods.

MATRIX ANALYSIS METHOD
Soil/Solid NIOSH 9002 (1)
Air NIOSH 7400 or 7402 (1) OSHA ID160 (2)
  1. National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods. Cincinnati, OH.
  2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 1985 OSHA Analytical Methods Manual. Washington, D.C..

COLLECTION MEDIA/VOLUME

Listed below are the EPA-recommended preservation and holding times as well as suggested glassware.

MATRIX GLASSWARE VOLUME PRESERVATIVE
Soil/Solid plastic zip locking bag minimal wet down
Air MCE filter anti-static cassette, support pad as per method none

MINIMUM LABORATORY QUALITY CONTROL MEASURES

The laboratory should have Standard Operating Procedures available for review for the asbestos analyses and for all associated methods needed to complete these analyses, such as total solids, instrument maintenance, sample handling, and sample documentation procedures. In addition, the laboratory should have a Laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control Statement available for review which includes all key personnel qualifications. It is also preferable that the laboratory chosen have current National Volunteer Laboratory Certification Program (NVLAP) Certification for the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards Testing.

QC TYPE FREQUENCY OF ANALYSIS ACCEPTABLE LIMITS
Initial Calibration Prior to analysis Instrument must meet manufacturers' specifications
Method Blank Once per analysis set See method for allowable limits
Duplicates One per set or per 20 samples  

MINIMUM DATA PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

Note: The optional QC must be maintained by laboratory for at least one year for possible future QC audits.

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