Lab Service Descriptions

This is a list of common services. For more specialized/specific environmental analyses, please contact us for a customized price quote.

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Mold: Non-Viable Spore Trap Analysis

Description: Identification of fungal spores and fragments to genus or group and quantification of spores/m3. Analysis also includes estimation of sample clarity, pollen and hyphae fragments.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Cyclex slides
- Air-O-Cell
- Other comparable cassette
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Same Day TAT*
- 24-Hour TAT
- 48 Hour TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Mold: Direct Examination: Fungal Spores/Structures

Description: Identification of fungal spores and fragments to genus or group. Quantification is estimating using 1+ to 4+ laboratory rating. Analysis also includes the estimating of background debris and pollen and the inspection of fragments.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Tape
- Swab
- Bulk
- Dust
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Same Day TAT*
- 24-Hour TAT
- 48 Hour TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Dust/Debris Characterization

Description: Identification of dust/debris present on sample.  It is a qualitative analysis using Rare, 1+ to 4+ laboratory rating.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Tape
- Swab
- Air
- Bulk
- Dust
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Same Day TAT*
- 24-Hour TAT
- 48 Hour TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Mold: Viable Samples: Media Plates-Genus or Group ID

Description: Sample is plated and incubated appropriately for growth on a board spectrum media. Identification of fungi present to genus or group and quantification of cfu/unit.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Contact Plate
- Dust
- Soil
- Swab
- Water
- Settle Plate
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard: 1-2 Weeks

 

Mold: Viable Samples: Media Plates- Species ID

Description: Sample is plated and incubated appropriately for growth on a board spectrum media. Identification of fungi present to species and quantification of cfu/unit.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Contact Plate
- Dust
- Soil
- Swab
- Water
- Settle Plate
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard: 1-2 Weeks

 

Bacteria: Total Coliform/Ecoli (Presence/Absence)

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, plated and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media specific for identification of cfu/unit.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
- Water
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: Sewage Screen

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, plated and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media specific for identification of Total Coliform, E-Coli by  quantification of cfu/unit, Enterococcus (presence/absence), Enterococcus faecalis (presence/absence). The standard plate count method (aka HPC-Heterotrphic plate count) is used for this protocol.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
- Water
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: Sewage Screen- Enterococcus cfu/unit

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, plated and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media specific for identification  of Total Coliform, E-Coli by  quantification of cfu/unit, Enterococcus cfu/unit, Enterococcus faecalis (presence/absence). The standard plate count method (aka HPC-Heterotrphic plate count) is used for this protocol.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
- Water
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: Heterotrphic Plate Count (HPC)

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, plated and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media specific for identification  of Total Coliform, E-Coli by  quantification of cfu/unit, Enterococcus cfu/unit, Enterococcus faecalis (presence/absence). The standard plate count method (aka HPC-Heterotrphic plate count) is used for this protocol.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
- Water
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 5-7 Business Days
- 2-3 Business Days

 

Bacteria: MRSA (Presence/Absence)

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, the sample is plated  and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media specific for identification  of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Presence or Absence.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: MRSA

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared,  the sample is plated (multiple medias) and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media(s) specific for identification  of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) by  quantification of cfu/unit. The standard plate count method (aka HPC-Heterotrphic plate count) is used for this protocol.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: MRSA-Water (Presence/Absence)

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, the sample is plated and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media specific for identification  of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Presence or Absence.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: MRSA-Water

Description: Serial dilutions of the sample are prepared, the sample is plated (multiple medias) and incubated appropriately for growth on selective media(s) specific for identification of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) by quantification of cfu/unit.  The standard plate count method (aka HPC-Heterotrphic plate count) is used for this protocol.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Soil
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: Salmonella-Surface (Presence/Absence)

Description: This is an environmental surface test to identify the presence or absence of over 100 of the most common Salmonella bacteria.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Swab (to the lab within 24 hours of sample collection)
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Bacteria: Listeria: Surface (Presence/Absence)

Description: This is an environmental surface test to identify the presence or absence of the most common Listeria species.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Swab (to the lab within 24 hours of sample collection)
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Asbestos: PLM

Description: The analysis includes testing of bulk building materials for asbestos by performing a visual estimation using the EPA Method 600/R-93/116. This method is the most widely used method for estimating asbestos is bulk building materials and works well for most sample types.  The method separates the sample material into various layers based on their morphology and then detects for the presence of the different asbestos fibers in each of these layers. The report will express the percentage of the different asbestos fibers detected in each of the different layers based upon the visual estimation.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Tape
- Soil
- Dust
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 24-Hour TAT
- 2-3 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Asbestos: PCM

Description: The analysis includes testing of air sample for total fibers by PCM. It is used primarily for estimating fiber concentrations in air. The method does not differentiate between asbestos and other fibers and can also be used to estimate the airborne concentration of other, non-asbestos materials such as fibrous glass. Fibers less than 0.25 microns in diameter will not be detected with this method.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Asbestos PCM Cassette
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 24-Hour TAT
- 2-3 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Asbestos: TEM

Description: The analysis is done by AHERA, Yamate II, & NIOSH 7402. This is an air sample used for distinguishing between airborne fibers and asbestos fibers. A minimum volume is 400L for analysis.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Asbestos PCM/TEM Cassette
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 24-Hour TAT
- 2-3 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Lead: Lead in Paint 7400/7420 AA

Description: This method will determine the presence of lead, and quantify the presence as parts per million (PPM). All paint samples will have detectable levels of lead, however paint that contains lead concentrations greater than >5,000 PPM is considered to be lead-based paint. If paint contains lead concentrations greater than >5,000 PPM would trigger certain regulatory requirements or laws that must be implemented during the handling, work practices and disposal of the material.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Paint Chips
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 24-Hour TAT
- 2-3 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Lead: Lead in Soil 7000/7420

Description: This method will determine the presence of lead, and quantify the presence as parts per million (PPM). If the soil contains lead concentrations greater than >5,000 PPM would trigger certain regulatory requirements or laws that must be implemented during the handling, work practices and disposal of the material.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Soil
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 24-Hour TAT
- 2-3 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Lead: Lead in Air NIOSH 7082 AA

Description: The sample is used to identify lead air concentrations in indoor environments. The flow rate needs to be between 1 and 4 L/min for up to 8 h for a total sample size of 200 to 1500 L for TWA measurement.
Accepted Sampling Media: - 37MM, .8 MCE Cassettes
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 24-Hour TAT
- 2-3 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Water Quality: Basic

Description: Water samples are tested for pH, Total Chlorine, Total Hardness, Copper, Iron, Nitrate, Nitrite, Lead, Pesticide, Bacteria for an analysis of basic water quality.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Water
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - 2 Business Day TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Water Quality: Advanced

Description: The water sample is tested for the following agents:
  • Total bacteria (colony count), coliform bacteria (presence/absence), iron-oxidizing bacteria, iron-reducing bacteria, sulfur-oxidizing bacteria, sulfate-reducing bacteria
  • pH, conductivity, alkalinity, hardness, total dissolved solids, turbidity, Langelier Corrosivity Index, Sodium Absorption Ratio.
  • Anions: chloride, fluoride, bromide, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, sulfate, chlorate, and silicates.
  • Cations: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, ammonia, and strontium.
  • Trace metals: iron (ferric), iron (ferrous), manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, nickel, and lead.
  • Trace elements: Selenium, Arsenic, Molybdenum, tungsten, and chromium.
  • Hydrocarbons: benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylenes, (BTEX) and MTBE, total gasoline-range organics (GRO), total diesel-range organics (DRO), and total hydrocarbons.
  • Halogenated Solvents and Disinfecting By-products: Bromodichloromethane, bromoform, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, dibromochloromethane, 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, 1,2-dibromoethane, tetrachloroethylene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, and trichloroethylene.
  • Organochlorine Pesticides: BHC, Lindane, Aldrin, DDT, DDE, Dieldrin, Endosulfan, Endrin, Heptachlor, Methoxychlor.
  • Organophosphorus and Triazine Pesticides: azinphos-methyl, disulfoton, fensulfothion, malathion, parathion, dimethoate, atrazine, and simazine.
Accepted Sampling Media: - Water
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Standard: Up to 4 Weeks

 

Drug Residue: Basic Panel

Description: This is a residue test identifying if any of the following are present on materials sampled:
- Marijuana/hashish
- Amphetamine
- PCP
- Heroin
- Opiates
- LSD
- Methamphetamine/Ecstasy
- Ketamine
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Tape
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Same Day TAT*
- 24-Hour TAT
- 48 Hour TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

 

Drug Residue: Advanced Panel

Description: This is a residue test identifying if any of the following are present on materials sampled:
- Marijuana/hashish
- Amphetamine
- PCP
- Heroin
- Opiates
- LSD
- Methamphetamine/ecstasy
- Cocaine/crack
- Ephedrine
- Ketamine
- Methadone
- Barbituates
- Thebaine
- Buprenorphine
- Quinine
- Diphenhydramine
- Ketamine
Accepted Sampling Media: - Bulk
- Swab
- Tape
Analysis Turn-Around Time (TAT) Options: - Same Day TAT*
- 24-Hour TAT
- 48 Hour TAT
- Standard TAT: 3-5 Business Days

* Same-day analysis requires that samples be received at our address no later than 2:00pm on the day of analysis.

 

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