Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Inc.

How To Choose The Best Laboratory For Your Asbestos Analysis

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Trustworthy, Trained, and Truthful are the 3T's that greatly influence one's decision while choosing a good lab - Is the data you are receiving accurate and can you TRUST the data being provided? Is an educated, experienced, TRAINED analyst analyzing your samples? Is the lab always TRUTHFUL and not hide any errors that might have occurred during the process? One can be assured of making decisions with a peace of mind based on the lab results, if these questions have been asked before choosing the lab of choice, for a good lab can make all the difference between winning and losing lawsuits. With this as a prelude let's try to explore in detail the answer to the question: How to choose a good lab?

Lets start off by placing on the table all the factors that can influence the decision of selecting a laboratory:

• Reputation/Reliability
• Quality of Analysis
• Customer Service
• Turnaround Time
• Price
• Local Presence

Most of us would like a lab that can provide all of these and if a choice has to be made then one would want a lab with high quality analyses, good service, fast turnaround time, and reasonable prices. Even though these are all important factors that rightly influence the decision one should remember that of all these, the two most important factors that cannot and should not be negotiated are the Reliability and Quality.

What is Reliability?
It is your trust in the lab. In a broader sense it means “your peace of mind.” How confident are you that your samples were handled correctly, reported properly, and that the data provided is accurate. How confident are you that you will get your data on time when you have requested for a rush service. Will the lab call you proactively to resolve issues like samples damaged in shipping, missing samples, and unusual results? Are they available and knowledgeable to answer your questions? Does the lab have a good sample tracking system and processes in place that are rigorous enough to undergo legal scrutiny in a confrontational lawsuit?

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