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Certifications
of Epoch Analytical Inc.

EPOCH is accredited with the US National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for bulk asbestos sample analysis under NVLAP Code 200746-0.

NVLAP Lab Code: 200746-0

EPOCH is accredited with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) for airborne fiber analysis (Membership No. 3533).

Testing Accreditation No. A 3533

We value your feedback.

  1. How do I submit building material samples for analysis?
  2. How quickly can I receive my results?
  3. What are the likely sources of asbestos in my home?
  4. What is the cost to test?
  5. Why choose an accredited asbestos laboratory?
  6. My lab results indicate there is (greater than) >0.5% of asbestos in my home, now what?
  7. Where can I get more information about asbestos and how it should be handled?

1. How do I submit building material samples for analysis?

WorksafeBC recommends you hire a qualified and experienced professional to collect samples from your property.

A Qualified Professional or "QP" is defined as a person who possess a professional designation such as a CIH, ROH, CSP, CRSP or P.Eng. AScT. Should you decide to collect the sample yourself, Health Canada and the US EPA advises using a NIOSH approved P100 respirator effective against asbestos during sample collection. You may purchase one from most hardware stores or safety supply stores.

The following table provides guidance on the minimum number of bulk samples that should be collected to identify asbestos containing:
Bulk sample analysis
Worksafe BC Bulk Sample Collection Guidelines

Submit samples on your own, insert one sample into a sealed and labeled zip-lock bag. Depending on the material type, acceptable sample quantity need not be larger than a fist and can be as small as 2 square inches or 2 tablespoons. Vermiculite samples however are an exception and the recommended quantity is a large zip lock freezer bag, with an emphasis on collecting the fine particulate dust that settles on the floor. Please refer to Worksafe BC Bulk Sample Collection Guidelines

Label the bags with permanent marker with the following information: address, location collected (bathroom wall, kitchen ceiling, garage floor, attic, etc.), type of material (floor tile, texture coat, joint compound, insulation, etc.) collection date and the sample number in the order you wish the samples to be reported.

You may either mail, courier, or drop off your samples in person at our lab (Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:30pm). You must first complete a Chain of Custody Form which records important information such as the number of samples, the type of material, location of samples taken, current date, signatures and requested turnaround time for results. We will not analyze samples without a completed Chain of Custody, so please ensure it accompanies your delivery. Pre-Payment is required upon submission. We accept all major credit cards and debit.

However, if you choose to submit your own samples, you may do so on a drop-in basis, no appointment required between Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5:00pm.

Drywall samples should be submitted with presence of Joint Compound or Mud. Please collect your sample at a joint, seam or corner bead.

2. How quickly can I receive my results?

We offer several turn-around times for reporting asbestos results to you. Our standard turnaround time is 24 hours. However, if you require your results sooner, we also offer a RUSH service of less than <4 hours and a HOT RUSH turnaround of less than < 1 hour.

Epoch Analytical will strive to analyze your samples as quickly and efficiently as possible. RUSH (< 4 hour) and HOT RUSH samples however are given priority status. Damp or wet samples may require additional drying time as will samples heavily coated with mastics and roof tars which need to be pre-treated. Insufficient quantity or inadequate sample material types may also cause a delay in results reporting.

There is a minimum 2 days turnaround for microscopic identification of Mould and Bacteria. Up to 15 days if the mould or bacteria is cultured.

There is a minimum 2 days turnaround for Lead Paints and Coatings. Up to 3 days for leachate testing.

3. What are the likely sources of asbestos in my home?

You can’t identify asbestos by looking at it. Asbestos fibers are microscopic. The only way to confirm its presence is to take a sample of the material and have it tested by an accredited laboratory.

Asbestos is often mixed with other materials. If you work in a building built before 1990, it's likely that at least some parts of the building will contain asbestos.

There are over 3000 construction and industrial products. Common applications include:

Drywall Joint compound, texture “popcorn” ceiling, spray applied fireproofing, mechanical insulation, pipe wrap, linoleum, vinyl floor tiles, and plaster, vermiculite, cement board and tiles, cement pipes, textured decorative coating, window putty, caulking, stucco to name a few.
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4. What is the cost to test?

The price per sample varies with each type of test and the turnaround time selected. Please contact us today for a detailed price list.

Payment upon sample receipt is required. All major credit cards and debit accepted. A payment form can be obtained from the Online Forms page.

5. Why choose an accredited lab vs non-accredited?

Epoch Analytical Inc is Western Canada’s fully accredited asbestos testing member laboratory belonging to the Canadian Association of Laboratory Accreditation (CALA Lab code 3533) and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab code 200746) and the relevant requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 for the identification of asbestos in bulk samples. Accreditation makes a huge difference in quality control and analyst competency.

All of our analysts are rigorously proficiency tested six times a year by NVLAP and CALA, to check for precision and accuracy. Additionally, an external assessor visits and inspects our facility annually.

6. My lab results indicate there is (greater than) >0.5% of asbestos in my home, now what?

If your lab report indicates a material is >0.5% or greater in Asbestos - There are six (6) types: Chrysotile, Amosite, Actinolite, Tremolite, Tremolite or Anthophylite., This means your building is an Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) according to WorksafeBC regulations.

For Asbestos Containing Drywall only: Please contact Sumas Environmental

For all other Asbestos Containing Materials: City of Vancouver Asbestos Policy

10 steps to compliance

How do I dispose of Asbestos?

7. Where can I get more information about asbestos and how it should be handled?

WorkSafeBC

City of Vancouver

Safe Work Practises for Handling Asbestos

Handling Asbestos

To report an unsafe condition or to get additional information, call WorkSafeBC Prevention Infoline:
 604 276-3100      in the Lower Mainland
 1 888 621-7233    toll-free within B.C.
 1 866 922-4357    after hours emergencies

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