Asbestos in Hair Dryer?

Assisting A Corporation Litigation

Through Microscopy: A Case Study

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THE PROBLEM: A national corporation was involved in litigation over allegations that they were using asbestos in the manufacture of hair dryers. MVA was asked to examine the hair dryers for evidence of asbestos.

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THE ANALYSIS: A representative hair dryer was opened and each part was examined. The lint found associated with the dryer was analyzed for asbestos following a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency test method. Other components were also tested. No asbestos was found in the lint or other parts.

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Identifying presence of abestos in manufacturing products through microanalytical testing

THE IMAGE: The image to the right shows a mica fragment found in the hair dryer insulation.

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THE OUTCOME: MVA’s results indicated that the insulating material was mica. No asbestos was found in the materials used to construct the hair dryer. This helped a national corporation settle their litigation, potentially saving millions of dollars.