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How To Choose The Best Laboratory For Your Microbiology Analysis

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For IAQ professionals, choosing a good lab is one of the most important business decisions you can make. How do you know that the fungal data that you are receiving is accurate? Will it stand up in court? Has an educated, experienced, trained analyst actually thought about your sample and your project, understood what you were looking for, and then used their knowledge to answer the question you were asking? The answers to these questions can mean the difference between winning lawsuits and leaving you and your clients exposed. This article outlines how to choose the best lab for you — and how to get the most out of your current lab.

Most professionals want a laboratory that provides high quality analysis, good service, fast turnaround time, and reasonable prices. The first step in selecting a lab is to decide which factors are most important to you. If your business provides advice related to human health or legal contests, then I would argue that quality and reliability should probably be the most important factors.

What do I mean by “quality”? Well, for example, how confident are you that starch granules, which can be common in indoor environments, are not being reported as mold spores? This is just one of the common mistakes I have seen from experienced laboratories due to poor quality systems or inadequate analyst training, education or experience. A mistake like that can lead to inappropriate recommendations, unnecessary expenditures, or can cause your client to lose a lawsuit. Asking the following questions will help you identify the best laboratories:

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