WorksafeBC recommends you hire a qualified and experienced professional to collect samples from your property.
A Qualified Professional or “QP” is defined as a person who posseses a professional designation such as a CIH, ROH, CSP, CRSP or P.Eng. AScT. Should you decide to collect the sample yourself, Health Canada and the US EPA advises using a NIOSH approved P100 respirator effective against asbestos during sample collection. You may purchase one from most hardware stores or safety supply stores.
To submit samples on your own, insert one sample into a sealed and labeled zip-lock bag. Depending on the material type, acceptable sample quantity need not be larger than a fist and can be as small as 2 square inches or 2 tablespoons. Vermiculite samples however are an exception and the recommended quantity is a large zip lock freezer bag, with an emphasis on collecting the fine particulate dust that settles on the floor. Please refer to Worksafe BC Bulk Sample Collection Guidelines
Label the bags with permanent marker with the following information: address, location collected (bathroom wall, kitchen ceiling, garage floor, attic, etc.), type of material (floor tile, texture coat, joint compound, insulation, etc.) collection date and the sample number in the order you wish the samples to be reported.
You may either mail, courier, or drop off your samples in person at our lab (Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00pm). You must first complete a Chain of Custody Form which records important information such as the number of samples, the type of material, location of samples taken, current date, signatures and requested turnaround time for results. We will not analyze samples without a completed Chain of Custody, so please ensure it accompanies your delivery. Pre-Payment is required upon submission. We accept all major credit cards and debit.
If you choose to submit your own samples, you may do so on a drop-in basis, no appointment required between Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5:00pm.
Drywall samples should be submitted with presence of Joint Compound or Mud. Please collect your sample at a joint, seam or corner bead.