Never Leave Toronto For Asbestos Test Results Again

Located In Toronto’s Core

Driving 45-minutes from Toronto just to deliver a sample lowers your profit on every asbestos-related job. Never make that drive again.

Analysis Results In As Little as 1 Hour

If you need a DSS report, drop your samples off at the lab for rapid testing. Quick results will make your business more profitable.

Zero-Time Transport

Our variety of delivery options (including automatic sampling service), combined with on-the-spot turnaround, means you may never need to leave the job site to retrieve sample results.

Never Leave Toronto For Test Results Again

Operating In The Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Corridor

Driving 45-minutes from Toronto just to deliver a sample lowers your profit on every asbestos-related job. Never make that drive again.

Sample Results In As Little As 1 Hour

If you need a DSS report, drop your samples off at the last for rapid testing. Quick results will make your business more profitable.

Zero-Time Transport

Our variety of delivery options (including automatic sampling service), combined with on-the-spot turnaround, means you may never need to leave the job site to retrieve sample results.

Flexible Sample Turnaround Times

We offer a variety of turnaround times, each with their own pricing. Get all your sampling done in one place, all at the same time!

Turnaround Times*
1 hour
3 hours
Same day
24 hours
48 hours
Standard (5 days)

*Call for pricing: 647.410.5025

6 Different Ways To Deliver Your Sample

Option How it works
Automatic Sampling Service A licensed technician will drive to your job site or building and collect the sample(s)*. The sample is then dropped off at the lab and the results are emailed to you as soon as they’re done.

If it’s more convenient, we’ll call you with the results; either way, it’s a great time-saving measure that will help free up your day.

*Additional cost for tech and sample pickup.

Sample Pickup Similar to our automatic sampling service, except you take the sample yourself and we’ll pick it up. Perfect for asbestos abatement consultants writing DSS reports.

The fee for pickup is only $60* within 30km of our locations in Toronto’s and Ottawa’s downtown cores.

*Reasonable additional cost for greater than 30km.

Lab Drop-Off Drop your sample off at the lab during business hours for premier customer service and rapid turnaround time. If you need assistance with anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
After Hours Lab Drop-Off Feel free to drop your sample off in our after-hours slot. We’ll receive the sample the next business day and begin work right away.
Mail Your Sample You can mail us your samples too. Just make sure you seal them with a chain of custody form.

Who is Asbestos Testing for?

  • Asbestos & Environmental Consultants
  • Restoration & Abatement Contractors
  • REALTORS™
  • Homeowners – try our Asbestos Sampling Guide if you’ve never done this before.

When starting a new renovation or restoration job in Toronto, a Designated Substance Survey (DSS) report is required. To complete the report, sample testing of all listed substances is mandatory.

How Does Asbestos Sample Testing work?

1

You’ll fill out the chain of custody form for your samples, and transport the sample to us. Your job is now done.

2

We analyze your sample under a microscope for characteristics related to asbestos.

3

BULK SAMPLING: Depending on what the sample is (ceramic tile vs. drywall), we may crush the sample into smaller pieces or liquefy it before analyzing it under the microscope.

4

AIR SAMPLING: Air samples are collected using a very thin sponge (the filter inside the cassette). We remove the sponge and cut it into smaller pieces. 0.01 ff/cc (fibres per cubic centimetre of air) is the maximum amount of fibres allowed by law.

5

The sponge (filter) is then dissolved using chemicals, which leaves only the asbestos (or nothing if the sample is uncontaminated). After analyzing the residual material with a microscope, we’ll provide you with a reading of the concentration of asbestos.

6

We’ll deliver the detailed sample results by phone, FAX or email.

Asbestos Testing Types: Bulk & Air Sampling

Whether we’re using bulk samples or air samples, the goal of testing is to find the number of asbestos fibres in your sample. If a particular concentration of fibres is present, it’s positive for asbestos.

Both PLM and PCM testing allows us to count the fibres in your bulk sample at a microscopic level so that we can find even any amount of asbestos in the sample.

Bulk Sampling Air Sampling
Testing solid chunks of building material

80% of the samples collected are bulk.

Bulk sampling allows you to test for asbestos in any of the solid materials in the building to find if there is any Asbestos Contaminated Material (ACM). ACM is a specific industry term, so it’s an acronym worth knowing.

PLM Testing

We analyze bulk samples using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM).

If the polarized light microscopy fails, then Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) will be required.

The shortest turnaround time available for TEM is 24 hours.

If we determine that your sample requires TEM testing, we’ll call you immediately to let you know.

Testing indoor air

Air sampling is used to find asbestos that might be floating in the air.

The majority of air tests are for:

  • Type 3 asbestos removal
  • People who are concerned about the quality of their indoor air

PCM Testing

We analyze air samples using Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM).

Air samples are collected by running air through a filter contained within a cassette.

The main problem we find with air sampling is receiving a cassette overloaded with dirt and contaminants.

The air test has to be run in a clean, dry area. The pump opening should be facing down, 5-6 feet off of the ground.

Get Extra Help With Your Samples

Call us. We’ll assist you through the entire process of sampling, filling out the chain of custody forms and answer any question you may have.

We can rent/sell you any equipment required to take your samples, including for bulk or air sampling; pumps, cassettes, testing kits, and more.

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