Performing an asbestos and mold analysis is a fairly simple process, but at the same time very sharp and is therefore not within everyone’s reach. To achieve this, a sample must first be taken using an adequately calibrated air pump. A known volume of air is drawn through a mixed cellulose ester (ECM) filter to collect the fibers. The filters are clarified and maintained in a refraction index medium smaller or equal to 1.46 favoring fiber observation. The goal is to have a large enough sample in order to be able to count the fibers. Fiber counting is carried out using an optical microscope with capacitor for phase contrast, at a magnification of about 400X. At the end of this process, only fibers longer than 5 m will be taken into account for measurement purposes.
Many people are unaware of the real impact that mould and asbestos can have on their health. As a result, they also do not perceive the imperative to conduct analyses. For the most skeptical, here is an ephemeral list of constituents in which you are likely to find asbestos.