Standard Withdrawn, No replacement   Last Updated: Jan 06, 2022
ASTM C458/C458M-98(2019)

Standard Test Method for Organic Fiber Content of Asbestos-Cement Products (Withdrawn 2022)


This test method covers the determination of the organic fiber content of asbestos-cement products. Three apparatuses shall be used: sieve; drying oven; and an apparatus for determination of total carbon by direct combustion. Hydrochloric acid should be used as a reagent. A calculation shall be made to determine the organic fiber content. Repeatability of the mass of organic fiber content shall be determined as low or high concentration.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of the organic fiber content of asbestos-cement products.

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 chrysotile asbestos, refer to “Safe Use of Chrysotile: A Manual on Preventive and Control Measures.”2

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.

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.

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