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June 2009
In This Issue
Multi Layered Asbestos Sample Guidance
Kansas City Gets Grant For Lead Paint Removal...
Stimulus Money Goes Toward Asbestos Abatement in Tacoma
NEW! Barbara's Corner
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John Barnett, PresidentMessage from John Barnett, President

Here at QuanTEM Laboratories we have been analyzing PLM samples for 20 years and have completed millions of samples during this time.  I am amazed that some consultants still are being sold a bill of goods about sample pricing.  A few labs charge by the sample, not by the layer and at the first glance this appears to be a good idea but when you realize that you are being charged the multi layer pricing for your single layer samples it just doesn't make sense. 
Of all the samples we receive, only about 20% have multiple layers, 80% are single layer samples.  These labs quote a higher rate than QuanTEM and offer 2 or 3 layers.  This works out if your project has all multi layer samples but you still pay the same price even though you may have samples which only have one layer.  If the percentages I listed above hold true you are getting a good deal only 20% of the time but you are overpaying 80% of the time.  It's not our intent to leave money lying on the table but it is our job to provide our customers with the best possible service and at a competitive price. 
Give this some consideration, it might help you save some money in these times when every dollar counts.

John E. Barnett
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC

Multi Layered Asbestos Sample Guidance   
By: Jeff Mlekush
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
  Jeff Mlekush, Chief Operating Officer
There seems to be confusion among some asbestos consultants as to how multi-layered samples are handled at the laboratory.  The federal government requires each material found in a sample to be analyzed separately.  A clarification to EPA's asbestos NESHAP details several examples of different materials (December 1993).  Also, OSHA requires each material to be analyzed separately. 
Asbestos inspectors are taught in their inspection class to identify each "homogeneous area" in a building.  A ""homogeneous area" means an area of surfacing material, thermal system insulation material, or miscellaneous material that is uniform in color and texture" (40CFR763.83). 
So each different material is a unique homogeneous area and is required to be analyzed by itself even if other materials are adhered to it. 
Some examples:
  • A floor tile is one homogeneous area and the mastic on the back is a second homogeneous area. 
  • A plaster skim coat is one homogeneous area and the underlying "brown" coat is a separate homogeneous area.
  • The drywall texture over the surface of a gypsum wallboard is one homogeneous material while the wallboard is a second homogeneous area and the material found at the joints is a third homogeneous area.
When your samples are received at the laboratory, we must analyze each layer (homogeneous area) found within the sample container unless specifically directed otherwise by the inspector.  So, for example, if you already know the mastic in a flooring sample is asbestos containing and you only want the floor tile analyzed - state this on the chain of custody - we will only analyze the tile.
State in clear terms what you want the analysts to do (making sure, of course, that your request is legal).  Think of it this way:  The chain of custody is the direct link of your thoughts to our analysts.  And contrary to what you may have heard on the CSI shows, we are not magicians, mind readers, or miracle workers.  So throw us a bone and give us clear directions.  If you have any questions regarding multi-layered systems or would like a copy of the NESHAP clarification mentioned above, give us a call.
Kansas City Gets Grant For Lead Paint Removal
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City has received a $3 million grant that will help remove lead-based paint from nearly 250 homes. Kansas City health officials said the lead hazard control grant will provide $1 million per year over three years. Mayor Mark Funkhouser accepted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant Friday.
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Stimulus Money Goes Toward Asbestos Abatement in Tacoma

 The Tacoma Housing Authority will
spend $4 million of its federal stimulus money on asbestos abatement and renovations across seven housing projects. The projects currently house low income senior citizens and disabled persons. It is expected that the renovation and abatement projects will also stimulate the economy by creating about 150 jobs.
In addition to asbestos abatement, the projects will include repairing and replacing roofs, siding and parking lots and adding new water pipes. However, the asbestos abatement will likely be the most important part of the renovations as it will take away the danger of asbestos exposure. Work on these projects is expected to commence in the next 120 days. 

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 New England - Albania Deleon was convicted of a scheme to sell fake documents that certified unqualified people to handle asbestos removal, but she fled before sentencing in March. Michael Hubbard, special agent in charge of the EPA's criminal investigation division in New England, tells Michele Norris about the agency's largest manhunt.
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Barbara's Corner Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager
Each month, I will post my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with answers and tips that will help you save time and money.  
What is the proper method for sending in samples?
Each sample should be secured in its own individual, air tight, seal-proof plastic bag.  
Chain-Of-Custody should be filled out legibly with all information.
Do not use staples or tape to secure the sample in the bag. Staples and tape will puncture and tear the bag.
Do not staple the Chain-Of-Custody to the sample or put the Chain-Of-Custody in the bag with the sample.
Make sure all samples are labeled correctly and according to the Chain-Of-Custody.
Please select a box or envelope suitable for the type and quantity of sample you are sending.  

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Barbara Holder has been with QuanTEM since October 2004 as our Customer Relations Manager.  Barbara plays an active supervisory role with all customer interactions with QuanTEM.
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