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Old 02-23-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Self-Sampling Asbestos: a cautionary tale


I just wanted to post this as this forum has been so helpful.

Let me start by stating Many people appear to be able to
self-sample safely.

My story ends well because my samples are negative.
BUT
You or anyone helping out...
must take the process SERIOUSLY...or things
can go south pretty fast.

Make sure clean-up routine is well thought out as well as sampling itself.
You'd be surprised what you or someone else will do out
of habit..It's not difficult but you need to be methodical to be
sure you are safe...

I had a "sampler helper" who stopped wetting the sample
while he hacked and didn't think twice about calling me into the room..
the plume of dust was NOT a happy sight...

and my mom who helped to clean up just started rushing me through it
and more dust was created because of improper wet wiping...


these are not reckless people...still things went wacko..

I would have had a check list and insisted on a dry run....
I did buy a p100 mask (which is often recommended) but I couldn't
get a good seal...which is why I chose not to sample

Granted these are relatively small exposures but why take a chance.

I am very thankful for all the help I received here...just
a small way to give back

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