Polarized light microscopy (PLM) analysis is the most commonly accepted technique for analysing bulk samples for asbestos. Bulk material samples are typically collected during an asbestos survey by an EPA accredited inspector.The PLM analysis is based on optical mineralogy and uses a phase contrast microscope equipped with polarizing filters. Identification of asbestos is based on
Training for asbestos professionals is required under the EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan (MAP) which EPA issued under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA). The MAP requires the use of trained and accredited asbestos professionals when conducting asbestos inspections or designing or conducting response actions at schools and public and commercial buildings. It
By Pamela Kidron The Asbestos Crises: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment Aubrey Miller M.D. According to Miller, Libby, Mont. raised awareness of the potential harm from non-occupational exposure to asbestos. Linked Video Watch an EPA video about asbestos in Libby, Mont. (02:36) (Launches in new window) Asbestos regulations were last updated in the mid-1980s,
Testing for asbestos in commercial properties.
Testing for asbestos in residential properties.