Asbestos Services

Asbestos Services
Asbestos Lab Services
  • Product characterization
  • Fiber release studies
  • Environmental forensics
  • Interpretation of technical data
  • Trial preparation
  • Deposition and trial testimony
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Steven P. ComptonFor more information on our Asbestos Analysis services, contact Steve Compton at 1-877-896-8366 or by email.

Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the US. Because asbestos-associated cancer can take time to develop, identifying the exposure source requires an expert to testify about whether or not a particular product or material contained asbestos. If a product did contain asbestos, it’s extremely valuable to know if and how it can lead to airborne exposure. The expert’s role is to provide an unbiased foundation for explaining scientific data on potential asbestos exposure that a jury can understand.

What is product characterization for asbestos content?

Products suspected to have asbestos are examined by different analytical techniques, including polarized light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. This determines whether a product contains asbestos and how much is present. Examples of products that have tested positive for asbestos include electrical components, gaskets and packing, ropes, gloves, joint compounds, talcum powder, floor tiles, dryer felts, automotive brakes and clutches, welding rods, vermiculite attic insulation, cigarette filters, and cement pipes.

What is a fiber release study?

The objective of a fiber release study is to investigate the workplace practices of a person who used an asbestos-containing product, and tests whether there would be any asbestos fibers released under those conditions. During the study, air samples are collected in the breathing zone and within the vicinity of the study participant, who is properly protected with a respirator. The air samples are then analyzed by standard microscopy methods to determine the concentration of asbestos present. In some cases, the study can be recorded and the video played for the jury at court.