FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

No. Asbestos is an inorganic mineral. By that definition, it doesn’t grow.

 

 

9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

We’re available for evening and weekend analysis for rush priority orders if requested ahead of time.

We can test for the following substances from your samples:

  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Lead
  • Silica
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Coke oven emissions
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Isocyanates
  • Mercury
  • Vinyl chloride

Yes. Our certifications include NIOSH 7400 accreditation.

Print out our Chain Of Custody form and fill out all 6 sections:

  1. Admin information
    • Contact info
    • Project information
      • Address of the property where sample is taken
      • Project ID, if applicable
  2. Delivery of results
    • phone, FAX or email
  3. Sample details
    • Sample name
    • Sample descriptions
    • Date/time the samples were taken
  4. Analysis required
    • Check off the type of sample, and what it’s being tested for
    • Common tests include Bulk Asbestos, Air Quality Testing, and Mold Spore-Trap
  5. Turnaround time (TAT)
    • Be sure to call or email for each pricing option
  6. Special instructions, Print/Save/Email
    • Fill in your instructions regarding the test(s), sample(s) or anything else you feel we should know
    • Print/Save/Email the form using the convenient buttons.

You can find detailed information on how to fill out the chain of custody form here. You’ll find screenshots of every part of the form, and samples of completed forms.

Here are the most common places you’ll find asbestos. Your sample only needs to be the size of a dime:

  • Drywall mudding compound
  • Vinyl floor tiles (VCT floor tiles)
  • Linoleum flooring
  • Silicone around windows/sliding doors
  • Textured popcorn ceiling
  • Textured walls
  • Plaster
  • Attic/wall insulation
  • Roofing materials

To avoid making a mess, plan before taking each sample. Luckily, we’ve put together details for each of the above locations in our Asbestos Sampling Guide.

A bulk (solid) sample just needs to be roughly the size of a dime.

The basic steps to collecting a bulk sample are:

  1. Use personal protective equipment (i.e. dust mask, protective glasses, and gloves).
  2. Collect the material, put it in a Ziploc bag and seal.
  3. Label the Ziploc bag. (ex: “A1 = living room ceiling – popcorn ceiling”).
  4. Place all Ziploc bags in one larger ziplock bag with your Chain of Custody form inside.

Get all the details on how to collect your own samples in our Asbestos Sampling Guide.

The simple steps to collecting an air sample are:

  1. Run your air pump with the cassette inside. You’ll need 2,400 litres for a clearance test, and 480 litres for personal air monitoring.
  2. Remove the cassette from the pump. Place it in a ziplock bag and label it
  3. Label the ziplock bag. (ex: “A1 = living room”).
  4. Place all ziplock bags in one larger Ziploc bag and write the address location.

Get all the details on how to collect your own samples in our Asbestos Sampling Guide.

Collect your sample in a Ziploc bag.

Don’t cross-contaminate your bulk and air samples. Using separate bags to collect individual samples is the best way to keep them from cross-contamination.

Once you’ve collected the samples, bring them into the lab. You can fill out your chain of custody form before you come, or we can help you fill it out in person.

When we’re done testing, your sample is stored for 30 days, then we safely dispose of it.

You don’t even have to drop the sample off in person. We have 6 different ways for you to submit your sample to us.

Pricing for samples depends on:

  • turnaround times and
  • the type of analysis required

As long as you have a chain of custody form filled out, we don’t need any more information about your sample.

Please give us a call for specific pricing details!

Absolutely.

For anyone within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), we will send a professional to pick-up your sample, drop it at the lab, and deliver the results to you. No effort on your part required.

If you’re outside the GTA, call us. For an additional fee (for travel expenses) we’ll travel almost anywhere within reason.

Our 6 delivery options are designed to save you time so you can spend less time transporting samples, and more time writing DSS reports.

We realize that it might be hard to coordinate the sample delivery. You have to take the sample, deliver it to the lab, and everything in between (drive-times, traffic, etc.).

That’s why we offer automatic sampling. Simply call us, tell us where to go, and we will send a technician to:

  • collect the sample
  • bring it back to the lab
  • deliver you the sample analysis results via phone, FAX or email

You don’t have to do a single thing.

In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) the cost for this service is $150 for the first sample and $45 for each additional sample. Within 24 hours you’ll have your results.

Call us for bulk pricing or quicker turnaround times on our automatic sampling service.

Our 6 delivery options are designed to save you time so you can spend less time transporting samples, and more time writing DSS reports.

We can supply any pump or equipment needed for bulk and air sampling.

For air sampling, we offer pumps and air sampling kits.

Call us or come in and you can get the supplies you need from us.

Asbestos is a silicate material naturally occurring in the environment. It was used during the early 20th-century in construction material because of its light, strong, and fire-retardant properties.

Asbestos contains microfibres which pose a grave health risk to those subject to prolonged exposure. When inhaled, the fibres attach to the lungs, damaging tissue and causing life-threatening diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and other forms of cancer.

For a rush analysis, we offer a 1-hour turnaround time.

Turnaround Times
  • 1 hour
  • 3 hours
  • Same day
  • 24 hours
  • 48 hours
  • Standard (5 days)
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Victims of asbestos exposure often end up with lung cancer or other harmful lung problems. We donate a portion of our proceeds to Lung Cancer Canada for research towards finding a cure and to support educational programs on healthy breathing.