Asbestos Sampling Tools

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Asbestos Sampling Tools
This man working on a remodelling project does not have proper protection from asbestos. (remodel, image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Asbestos is one of the most toxic building materials found in the building industry. Many houses built between the 1950s and 1970s contain sprayed-on asbestos materials and wet-applied pipe insulation, which since have been banned in the United States. According to the EPA, asbestos can greatly increase your chances of developing lung cancer and asbestosis, another lung disease. As of 2010, asbestos is still used in flooring materials, mastics, brake shoes and roofing materials.

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T-handle

The T-handle is an asbestos sampling tool that is usually moulded into a T shape from solid aluminium. It is made to attach to the non-mitred end of steel or copper sampling modules. It weighs approximately 3.63 Kilogram.

Steel Sampling Modules

Steel sampling modules or "cutter sleeves" assist in extracting asbestos from its source for bulk sampling. They are generally 3 inches long and cylindrical with one mitred end. The steel module is heavy-duty and long-lasting, and stronger than a similar copper cutter sleeve. It can attach to the long end of an aluminium T-handle.

Asbestos Bulk Sampling Kit

An asbestos bulk sampling kit made for collecting samples of soil, building materials and other materials that may contain asbestos. The kits' tools include 20 regular length and five double-long cutter sleeves (6¾ inches long), which are in clear collection vials with vinyl caps; 177ml squeeze bottle of insulation; a belt bag with three zippered pockets; and one asbestos bulk sampler handle. In most cases, you should only extract asbestos if it is disturbed, damaged or crumbling, and leave it alone if it is in good condition. If the test results show that it is asbestos, do not attempt to remove it yourself--hire a certified asbestos professional. This kit was created to simplify compliance with OSHA Asbestos Standards.

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