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Main Title Assessment of assay methods for evaluating asbestos abatement technology /
Author Karaffa, M.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Amick, Robert S.
Crone, Ann.
Powers, Thomas J.
Publisher United States Environmental Protection Agency, Water Engineering Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1986
Report Number EPA/600-S2-86-053
OCLC Number 15347775
Subjects Asbestos in building--United States--Safety measures. ; Asbestos fibers--Testing. ; Asbestos in building--Safety measures.
Internet Access
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-S2-86-053 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 01/31/2018
EJBD  EPA 600-S2-86-053 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 11/06/2018
Collation 10 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Caption title. At head of title: Project summary. Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche. "Aug. 1986." "EPA/600-S2-86-053." Includes bibliographical references (page 9).
Contents Notes
"Two analytical methods and two sampling schemes were evaluated for their effectiveness in a project to remove air-entrainable asbestos from Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana. The two analytical methods were phase contrast microscopy (PCM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The sampling schemes included a static method and an aggressive one using a leaf blower. The study results indicated that the building abatement did meet the PCM specifications in effect at the time, allowing acceptance of the work and reoccupancy. However, the TEM results revealed airborne asbestos concentrations averaging four times outdoor levels with peak values near 1 million asbestos structures/m3. Aggressive sampling amplified the significance of the situation, producing average airborne asbestos concentrations that were 50 times the outdoor levels, with peak concentrations near 1.5 million asbestos structures/m3 of air. As a result of this study, TEM coupled with aggressive sampling is the currently recommended method of choice for post-abatement clearance."