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Invest In A Healthy Environment​

 

Health is essential to everyone, and people watch what they put in their bodies as well as the conditions of the environment they live and work. Sometimes the very air you breathe can make you sick, but there are ways to detect and prevent that from happening.

 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, and the fibers are thin and packed tightly together. This material is used to manufacture construction materials, insulation, and fireproofing. Asbestos has a history of creating serious health problems within the body. Breathing in asbestos creates scarring in the lungs and can lead to cancer. Put your loved ones and your health first and test for asbestos.

 

When thinking about testing for asbestos, there are some things to consider. Usually, asbestos is in older buildings, gas heaters, hairdryers, automotive parts, and older clothing. EPA regulates newer produced buildings and consumer products and has a lesser percentage of containing asbestos. It is not always easy to tell, but sometimes there are physical warning signs that let you know testing needs to happen — dusty areas one the walls and areas where the walls, pipes, and tiles look disintegrated.

 

One of the ways to test is PCM, meaning Phase Contrast Microscopy. This method is where a light microscope measures the fiber concentrations of the air samples. This test gives a general overall reading of different types of fibers. A positive test reading doesn’t always mean the distinct presence of asbestos, but it does mean you need to do further testing.

 

Another way to test for asbestos is TEM or transmission electron microscopy. This testing uses a microscope that identifies the number of asbestos fibers present. TEM is a more accurate method of detecting hazardous fibers. This test also has more grids that can catch smaller fibers that would typically go undetected with a PCM test. For more tips you may contact asbestos testing in Sydney.

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