Hazards and Cleanup

  • Wet down the material with a light water mist before taking the sample. This reduces the potential release of asbestos fibers.
  • Do not disturb the material any more than is necessary to take a small sample.
  • Place the sample in a clean, “air-tight” container such as a zip-lock bag or small glass jar.
  • Seal the container tightly.
  • Use a damp paper towel to clean up any material on the outside of the container or that might have spilled onto the floor.
  • Clearly label the container, stating where and when the sample was taken.
  • Send the sample to a laboratory for analyses. Make sure to take one sample for each different type of suspect material.