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Texas Asbestos Laboratory Contractor License

The Asbestos Laboratory Contractor License grants to the licensed company the authorization to conduct its operation, including the following activities:

  • Analyze air samples by PCM:
  • Provide polarized light microscopy (PLM), phase contrast microscopy (PCM), or transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of a bulk or air sample collected in a public building:
    • Each branch office of a Licensed Asbestos Laboratory must be separately licensed and accredited for each type of analysis it will perform
    • An asbestos laboratory must be appropriately accredited by the NVLAP to perform the analysis

An Asbestos Laboratory or a Laboratory’s Individual Analyst MUST NOT perform asbestos analysis if the laboratory or analyst loses accreditation or proficiency, as applicable.

How to Get the Asbestos Laboratory Contractor’s License in Texas?

  1. Comply with the requirements set forth for Asbestos Laboratory Contractor:
    • Out of State or foreign businesses must provide a Texas Secretary of State-issued Certificate of Authority to conduct work or submit evidence of exemption
    • All companies shall present their good standing from the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts or registered exemption
    • Certificate of Assumed Name for DBAs
    • Complete Business Information Form
    • Evidence of Pollution Liability Insurance coverage in (verify amount) which includes errors and omissions
    • One of the following official accreditations:
      • National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for bulk analysis by polarized-light microscopy
      • NVLAP for analysis of airborne asbestos by transmission electron microscopy
      • Industrial Hygiene Laboratory by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and participation in the Proficiency Analytical Testing (PAT) Program for analysis of airborne fibers by Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM)
      • Proficiency according to AIHA PAT Program standards, which include quarterly testing for airborne fibers by PCM and a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program as required by the NIOSH method 7400, issue 2, August 1994
      • Individual Laboratory Analysts through the AIHA Asbestos Analyst Registry (AAR) and a Program for Quality Assurance and Control, in accordance with NIOSH issue 2, method 7400 - August 1994
  2. Determine if the Asbestos Laboratory Contractor Application is available online
  3. Pay the corresponding application fee
  4. Expect a response from the Department after the application has been validated