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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/9/2014
Author Christina Puggi
Title EMSL's Cinnaminson Laboratory Earns Certification by NYS ELAP for the New 198.8 Method for Spray-on Fireproofing Containing Vermiculite
Introduction EMSL Analytical is certified by the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approved Program (NYS ELAP) for the newly released 198.8 method.

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:

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 To learn more about testing for asbestos in vermiculite odors or other indoor air quality contaminants, please visit or visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email

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. 

Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Inland Empire, CA (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Jacksonville, FL (LAB 54) - NVLAP Lab Code 600265-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0New York, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0Salem, NH (LAB 23) - NVLAP Lab Code 201051-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Wallingford, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0West Palm Beach, FL (LAB 57) - NVLAP Lab Code 600206-0Weymouth, MA (LAB 64) - NVLAP Lab Code 600217-0
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