Asbestos Microscopes and Supplies
The best value for your lab is an asbestos microscope that pairs polarized light microscopy and phase contrast microscopy in one microscope to perform both bulk fiber identification and PCM analysis , so you can perform more analysis in less time. However, not all situations call for both analyses. So pay attention to features like:
A polarizer is required for bulk fiber identification, so you can determine if a sample is actually asbestos.
Phase contrast microscopy is used for PCM analysis and can be performed quickly on site.
Dispersion staining objectives
The preferred method for identifying asbestos fiber and limiting workplace asbestos exposure.
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Here's what we know about asbestos.
There are two types:
The most common asbestos, chrysotile asbestos, is common in industrial applications. When looked at under the asbestos microscope, the fibers wrap around themselves in a spiral. You'll hear it called serpentine or curly asbestos.
Amphibole asbestos is less common. The fibers are needle-like, and there are several types of asbestos fiber that fall into this category.
We also know that asbestos materials are damaging to lung tissue. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers causes cancer. That's probably what brought you here. You're interested in some detailed asbestos analysis. And you probably need an asbestos microscope.
What do you want to know about?
There are three types of microscope:
The first is a polarizing microscope for bulk fiber identification on a bulk sample. These use polarized light microscopy and meet standards for NIOSH 9002.
The second is a fibre-counting asbestos microscope. These use phase contrast microscopy for PCM analysis in asbestos testing and meet standards for NIOSH 7400 & OSHA ID 160.
The third type is the best value for most users, since you're probably determining asbestos concentration, and you likely need both fiber identification and fiber counting. It's a combination bulk fiber identification and fiber counting asbestos rig.
It pairs polarized light microscopy and phase contrast microscopy in one microscope to meet all applicable standards, so you can perform more analysis in less time.
Polarizing light microscopy and phase contrast microscopy
Polarizing light allows the technician to positively identify and estimate the asbestos content in a bulk sample.
Phase-contrast microscopy is used to gauge asbestos concentrations of airborne fibers - asbestos dust. It doesn't positively differentiate between asbestos and other fibers. That's what the polarized light microscopy is for (or at a much higher price point, transmission electron microscopy).
Phase contrast microscopy can be performed quickly on-site as a best practice aimed at reducing occupational exposure and asbestos related disease by identifying the presence of worrisome particles before confirming the nature of those particles through polarizing light microscopy.
The models below all feature dispersion staining objectives, which is the preferred method for identifying asbestos fibre and thus limiting workplace asbestos exposure.
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