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Different jurisdictions have their own asbestos reporting requirements. However, some common standards cut across most reporting requirements regarding how samples are taken for asbestos testing. This article discusses some of the measures that are taken to ensure that the test results will be an accurate reflection of any asbestos that is found in your home.
Securing the Sample Site
Special care is usually taken to secure the locations from which suspected asbestos samples have been taken. This measure serves two major roles. First, it prevents asbestos fibres from migrating to other sites and contaminating the samples that will be taken from those other sites. Secondly, it protects the occupants of the building from any fibres that can become airborne from the disturbed segments from which samples have been taken.
Decontamination of Sampling Instruments
Another measure that is taken to ensure sample integrity is the decontamination of the instruments that are being used after each phase of the sample collection exercise. This activity prevents the contents of one sample from diluting or increasing the concentration of asbestos in other samples taken from different sites. In this way, you will be certain that the results provided will depict the true state of the asbestos in your home.
Collection Containers Used
Test samples can be contaminated after the samples are collected if care isn't taken to protect those samples from contamination. Experts usually use sealable containers or plastic bags to keep the samples that have been collected. In this way, nothing will get into the container as the samples are taken to a testing facility for analysis.
Great attention is also devoted to the way sample containers are labelled. Sample collectors do everything possible to be as detailed as possible when labelling the sample containers. For instance, they will mention the specific room and item from which the sample was taken. This information will be useful when you are generating an asbestos register for your property because the detailed test samples will point you in the right direction when you are listing asbestos-containing products or materials. These labels are usually written on the body of the containers using indelible markers to avoid scenarios of labels fading or falling off.
As you can see, no effort is spared to ensure that any asbestos samples that are taken from your home provide an accurate picture of asbestos in your home. It is therefore important for you to identify an experienced firm or individual to perform the sample collection process so that all the asbestos reporting requirements of your area can be met.Share