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Significance and Use
5.1 The Quebec Standard Testing Machine classifies milled chrysotile asbestos grades according to the mass fractions retained on each screen. Specimens that are not properly conditioned prior to testing or that have excessive moisture content (above 3 % in accordance with Method ), or both, may give erratic and false results.
5.2 Some amphibole asbestos fibers may be classified by this test method but a standard classification for these has not been established.
1.1 This test method covers a procedure for dry classification of chrysotile asbestos fiber by length distribution.
1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.
1.3 Warning—Breathing of asbestos dust is hazardous. Asbestos and asbestos products present demonstrated health risks for users and for those with whom they come into contact. In addition to other precautions, when working with asbestos-cement products, minimize the dust that results. For information on the safe use of chrysoltile asbestos, refer to “Safe Use of Chrysotile Asbestos: A Manual on Preventive and Control Measures.”
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See for a specific hazard warning.
1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D2590 Test Method for Sampling Chrysotile Asbestos
D2946 Terminology for Asbestos and AsbestosCement Products
D2987 Test Method for Moisture Content of Asbestos Fiber
D3879 Test Method for Sampling Amphibole Asbestos
E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods
Quebec Asbestos Mining Association DocumentsQuebec Standard Classification
ICS Number Code 91.100.40 (Products in fibre-reinforced cement)
UNSPSC Code 11151515(Asbestos fibers)
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ASTM D3639 / D3639M-92(2019), Standard Test Method for Classification of Asbestos by Quebec Standard Test, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.orgBack to Top