Dust Characterization

There’s a new realization that dust—the kind you see everyday in homes and workplaces—is more than a nuisance. Dust regularly contains toxic particles that are harmful to human and pet health. A dust characterization test identifies unhealthy particles.

What is a dust characterization?

dust characterizationAll dust is not created equally. RTK helps you to identify unknown particles in dust from cellulose fibers, dander and dust mites, to asbestos, biologicals, minerals, and fungal allergens. Not all environmental hazards are obvious. Some substances can’t be identified by sight alone. Our dust characterizations, performed by licensed environmental inspectors, can usually determine—or rule out— whatever mysterious matter is plaguing your home or workplace.

What’s the big deal about dust, anyway?

Dust generally falls into three categories: home, workplace, and industrial. We tailor our test to your specific needs and environment. A recent study revealed that 90% of dust samples collected in 14 states contained more than 45 toxic and harmful chemicals that originate in common household items, including vinyl flooring, cleaning products, personal care products and building materials.

The substances identified can cause:

  • Cancer
  • Reproductive problems
  • Impair a child’s development
  • Cause cognitive damage
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Other health issues.

When should I have a dust characterization?

  • After a renovation or remediation
  • If you are in an area of construction
  • If you live in a city
  • If you have small children that crawl on the floor, as they are more likely to ingest dust from hand to mouth contact
  • If you are experiencing unexplained health symptoms

Call us to set up a dust characterization: 800.392.6468