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Sampling, Analysis, and Laboratories

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This page provides information on sampling and analytical methodology and links to accrediated laboratories for sample analysis.

Sampling

Framework for Investigating Asbestos-Contaminated Superfund Sites (PDF) (71 pp, 849K) OSWER Directive 9200.0-68, September 2008. This document presents a recommended framework for investigating and characterizing the potential for human exposure from asbestos contamination in outdoor soil and indoor dust at Superfund removal and remedial sites. This framework discusses an empirical approach and strategies that are based on the best available science and recommends common industrial hygiene methods for characterizing exposure and risk from asbestos.

Activity Based Sampling Demonstration - Raking (video) A link to a visual demonstration of an activity-based sampling (ABS) scenario to test for asbestos in the soil.

Activity-based Sampling for Asbestos (June 2006 Presentation at NARPM) (PDF) (23pg/988KB) A presentation prepared by Brian Brass of EPA’s Environmental Response Team, Las Vegas, NV, that discusses ABS, its advantages, application, and several case studies.

Standard Operating Procedures for Activity-Based Sampling (PDF) (29pg/45KB) OSWER’s Emergency Response Team’s Standard Operating Procedure #2084, Revision 0, May 10, 2007. Exit disclaimer

ERT Helpful Hints for Activity-based Sampling for Asbestos in Air( (DOCX) (8 pp, 48K) This supplemental guidance provides OSCs, RPMs, and other Regional personnel with recommendations for Activity-Based Sampling (ABS). ERT has provided assistance for ABS evaluation at many sites and provides these tips to share their collective experience with ABS for asbestos in air.

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Analysis

National Asbestos Data Entry Spreadsheet(NADES) for Bulk & Soil Analysis by PLM v8 (XLS, 320K)
The TRW Asbestos Committee is interested in feedback from the user community regarding this data entry sheet. Please send any comments to asbestoshelp@epa.gov.

National Asbestos Data Entry Spreadsheet(NADES) for Air & Dust Analysis by Superfund TEM v12i (XLS, 928K)
The TRW Asbestos Committee is interested in feedback from the user community regarding this data entry sheet. Please send any comments to asbestoshelp@epa.gov.

DRAFT National Asbestos Data Entry Spreadsheet(NADES) for PCM Analysis v3 (XLS, 172K)
The TRW Asbestos Committee is interested in feedback from the user community regarding this draft data entry sheet and electronic data deliverable (EDD). Please send any comments to asbestoshelp@epa.gov.

In addition, the information in NADES can be uploaded to Scribe. Instructions and additional information is available online at www.epaosc.org/asbestosdatamgmt. Exit disclaimer

Analytical Methodology: Methods, Data Capture, and QA/QC (June 2006 Presentation at NARPM) (PDF) (24pg/717KB) In her slides, Mary Goldade of EPA Region 8 emphasized confounding problems involved with asbestos analysis, the draft Superfund TEM method for analysis of air and dust samples, counting procedures, and other related topics.

Comparison of Applicable Methods for Measuring Asbestos in Air (PDF) (2pp/35KB)Table 4.2 from Technical Support Document For A Protocol To Assess Asbestos-Related Risk (Final Draft). EPA # 9345.4-06 October 2003, which compares five analytical methods.

Summary Table of Methods for Analysis of Asbestos in Air or Dust. Compiled from published analytical methods. EPA 2005 (PDF) (1pg/56KB) A comparison of eight PCM and TEM methods, presenting sensitivities, discrimination, and counting rules for asbestos in air or dust.

Summary Table of Methods for Analysis of Asbestos in Soil/Bulk Materials. Compiled from published analytical methods. EPA 2005 (PDF) (1pg/56KB) A comparison of nine PLM, TEM, and SEM methods, presenting sensitivities, discrimination, and counting rules for asbestos in soil and bulk materials.

CARB Method 435: Determination of Asbestos Content of Serpentine Aggregate (PDF) Exit disclaimer(19pg/1.2MB) California Air Resources Board’s 1991 method for determining the asbestos content in serpentine, based on polarized light microscopy. Sampling techniques are provided. This method is applicable to determining asbestos content of serpentine aggregate in storage piles, on conveyor belts, and on surfaces such as roads, shoulders, and parking lots.

Ambient Air – Determination of Asbestos Fibres – Direct-transfer Transmission Electron Microscopy Method (PDF) Exit disclaimer(56pp/2.1MB) A link to the International Standards Organization to purchase ISO 10312:1995.

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Laboratories

Links to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), listed by state:

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