Cinnaminson, NJ, October 9th, 2014
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce its corporate laboratory located in Cinnaminson, New Jersey is one of the first testing laboratories to be accredited by the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approved Program (NYS ELAP) for the newly released 198.8 method. In August, the New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) announced the availability of this method, specifically designed for sprayed-on fireproofing that contains vermiculite (SOF-V). As of November 1, 2014, the older New York methods 198.1 and 198.6 will no longer be allowed for the analysis of SOF-V.
The new NYS ELAP 198.8 method is labor intensive and involves a two stage approach for identification and quantitation of asbestos, including Libby amphiboles, in SOF-V. The first stage requires gravimetric reduction by ashing and acid digestion in order to remove obscuring organic and acid soluble matrix materials prior to PLM analysis for Chrysotile asbestos content. The second stage uses heavy liquid separation by centrifugation to separate amphibole asbestos, if present, from less dense matrix components. Any amphibole present in the original sample will be contained in the centrifugate and the concentration can then be reliably determined by PLM point counting analysis.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. has a long history of working with vermiculite and Libby amphibole minerals. The company has been under contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since the inception of the Libby, MT Superfund cleanup, including an on-site laboratory since June of 2000.
“The early adoption and subsequent accreditation to this method is a another example of EMSL’s commitment to providing our customers with the latest regulatory and scientifically valid solutions to challenging asbestos problems,” stated Robert DeMalo, Senior Vice President of Laboratory Services and Business Development at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “For the past 33 years, EMSL has strived to be at the forefront of asbestos research and method development in order to help solve our client’s complex problems and improve the accuracy of asbestos analytical methods, which significantly contributes to protecting worker and public health.”
EMSL has sponsored a video about vermiculite insulation and asbestos hazards that can be seen at:http://youtu.be/WDNVhBwKmpc.
For service and pricing questions, please contact your sales representative. For technical questions, contact Edward Cahill, Vice President of EMSL’s Asbestos Division, at 856-303-2565 or email him at email@example.com. To learn more about testing for asbestos in vermiculite odors or other indoor air quality contaminants, please visit www.VermiculiteTesting.com or visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.