Microvi Laboratories

Specializing in asbestos test of bulk samples, Serve all Great Toronto Area (GTA) and whole Ontario province

About Us

Microvi Laboratories Inc. has the expertise in asbestos analysis to help you make the right decisions when it comes to protecting you and your family. 

Our team has more than twenty years experiences for asbestos analysis and tested more than twenty thousands samples for our clients.  

We are committed to delivering the best services available in the industry. We will provide a laboratory analysis report at a quick turnaround-time with experienced staff.

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Microvi Laboratories Inc. is a CALA (Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation ) accredited laboratory No. A 4181. 

And it is a AIHA BAPAT program proficient laboratory ID 267733. 

Our Services

Asbestos Analysis

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You can take and send samples directly to us. The lab will deliver to fast timescales for the qualitative and quantitative identification of asbestos. Please download the below Chain of Custody form and fill it up. We will finish the analysis and send you a laboratory report after receiving your samples with form.

 

Asbestos Sampling

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 We can attend your site and collect samples of the suspected asbestos material for you when you have safety concerns for taking samples.


Other Specialty Services

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We also provide other special services including Mould, Lead and Indoor Air Quality testing. If you have other environmental concerns, please consult us.


Chain of Custody Form

Chain of Custody (pdf)

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Q & A Asbestos

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What is asbestos

Asbestos refers to six unique minerals — chrysotile, amosite,crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite — belonging to the serpentine and amphibole families. They have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity. These properties of asbestos supported its use for many years in a number of different commercial and industrial settings, as well as in a wide range of consumer products.

Why asbestos is harmful

Asbestos can cause many health risks, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. It can take 10 – 50 years from the time of exposure for conditions to develop, making them difficult to diagnose in early stages and often resulting in a poor prognosis. Asbestos is extremely hazardous when it becomes disrupted and airborne, as it is easily inhaled or ingested and can lead to many health concerns. According to the EPA, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

How is asbestos looks like

Asbestos in homes generally occurs as the result of damaged, degraded or disturbed bulk building materials such as floor or ceiling tiles, insulation, caulking, drywall skim coats, etc. If these materials contain asbestos fibers, they may be released into the atmosphere posing a potential inhalation risk to those inside. Asbestos fibers are microscopic; too small to be seen by the naked eye. Therefore, the only way to determine if there are asbestos containing materials (ACM) in your home is to sample any suspected material and have it analyzed by a laboratory certified in asbestos analysis of bulk building materials. 

Ontario Regulations and Test Methods

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Ontario Regulation 278/05

Designated Substance — Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations. “Asbestos-Containing Material” means material that contains 0.5 per cent or more asbestos by dry weight. 

The Regulation applies whether or not it is known or suspected that ACM will be encountered during a project, repair, alteration or maintenance of a building, or demolition of machinery, equipment, aircraft, ships, locomotives, railway cars and vehicles. This ensures that material that may be handled, disturbed or removed will be examined to determine whether it is ACM or will be treated as though it is ACM. 

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/050278

NIOSH Method 9002

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Method 9002 is a PLM (Polarized Light Microscopy) qualitative and semi-quantitative method for the determination of asbestos in bulk samples. 

EPA/600/R-93/116

PLM EPA/600/R-93/116 with Gravimetric Preparation - Method For The Determination Of Asbestos In Bulk Building Materials, July 1993.

This is a comprehensive method outlining various techniques for determining the asbestos concentration in bulk building materials. This method outlines two quantification techniques.  The first, and most widely employed is the visual estimate.  This works well for most sample types. Reporting limit to <0.5%.


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Microvi Laboratories Inc. is a professional asbestos testing laboratory for bulk samples. We provide rush services for your needs.

Feel free to send us a message or call us for  any concerns or questions. We are always ready to serve you. 

4465 Sheppard Avenue East Unit 21, Toronto, Ontario M1S 5H9

Phone: (416) 800-3586 email: microvilab@gmail.com Or Call Walter (647) 528-3328 email: walter@microvi.ca

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am -4:00pm

Sunday: By Appointment