ASBESTOS ANALYTICAL LABORATORY SERVICES
PHASE CONTRAST MICROSCOPY (PCM)
The Loflin laboratory uses Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) as outlined in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 7400 method. Loflin Laboratory personnel have received certification of successful completion of NIOSH Course No. 582 "Sampling and Evaluation of Airborne Asbestos Dust.”
Loflin Environmental Services, Inc's Asbestos Laboratory is a successful participant in the NIOSH Proficiency Analytical Testing (PAT) Program for the analysis of air samples. Loflin Environmental Services, Inc. has achieved a rating of "proficient” since participation was initiated in 1987, demonstrating that Loflin has established a high degree of quality control in PCM analysis.
Analysis of air samples by other recognized techniques, such as Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) are also available through Loflin.
POLARIZED LIGHT MICROSCOPY (PLM)
The U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) accredits the Loflin laboratory, under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), for Bulk Asbestos Fiber Analysis (NVLAP Lab Code 102044-0). This accreditation is for identification of types and percentages of various fibrous components, including asbestos in bulk samples using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) as outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Method for the Determination of Asbestos in Bulk Sample” (EPA 600/R-93/116, July 1993).
Loflin laboratory personnel have received certification for successful completion of the McCrone Research Institute "Advanced Asbestos Identification.”
The Loflin laboratory is also recognized by the state of Texas as a licensed asbestos laboratory (No. 30-0031).