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  • EMSL now has 3 laboratories with passing CDC legionella proficiency testing results

    EMSL Analytical Inc., a leading provider of advanced environmental laboratory services nationwide, received passing Legionella results in its New York City, Westmont, NJ and Houston, TX laboratories as part of the US Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) ELITE pilot proficiency test program for Legionella. “As part of a program to provide Legionella testing for regional markets nationwide, we are ...


  • Proficiency test of non-target screening with gas chromatography mass spectrometry to confirm a detected contamination of raw and drinking water

    Much of the water supply industry has implemented online monitoring and warning systems for chemical or biological contaminations. When a contamination is detected, further investigations are necessary to confirm or to cancel the initial alarm. The proficiency of a non-target screening approach with solid phase extraction and GCMS in full-scan mode was examined. A selection of pesticides and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Testing of Oil Recovery Skimmers in Ice at Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility

    Abstract The mechanical recovery of oil in ice-infested water presents unique and difficult clean-up challenges. Ice can impede the movement of spilled oil making it less available for removal by the active components of oil recovery skimmers. Ice and slush that is recovered with oil can jam the skimmer, pump inlets and hoses and can provide an environment for enhanced emulsion formation. ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Matrix express makes Water testing lab more efficient case study

    Matrix Express LIMS allowed The Water Lab to improve its efficiency and provide a faster service by streamlining the processing and management of sample information. The Water Lab (www.lhewaterlab.ie/) is a modern, fully calibrated ISO17025 environmental contract laboratory based in Co. Kildare, Ireland. Providing a wide range of water and waste water testing services, including sampling and ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • EPA Regulations Raise the Bar for Industrial Air Quality Testing

    Far-reaching environmental legislation continues to change the way Americans live, work, and run their businesses. For the past ...

  • Validation of a new standardized test method for the freshwater amphipod Hyalella azteca: Determining the chronic effects of silver in sediment

    Environment Canada has developed a new 42 day sediment toxicity test method that includes a reproduction test endpoint with the freshwater amphipod Hyalella azteca. Due to concerns that existing standard methodologies, where adults are transferred to a water‐only exposure before release of their first brood at day 28, will lead to internal contaminant depuration and loss of sensitivity, the EC ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • News on Air 2013, Volume 3: Products for Analysis and Quantification

    Welcome to the third volume of our News On Air bulletin. This edition focuses on the often overlooked and neglected, but one of the most crucial steps in the analytical workflow: selecting the correct reagents and analytical reference materials for your application. In this edition, you can get tools to help you select applications for air sampling; find air and emmissions proficiency testing ...


    By Sigma-Aldrich Co., LLC

  • Dioxin and PCB determination in foodstuffs

    SpeedExtractor E-914: Pressurized solvent extraction for the determination of dioxins and PCBs in dairy, egg, pork and fish The determination of dioxins and PCBs in foodstuffs is performed to monitor the potential exposure to humans. A reliable and fast  method is introduced. Proficiency test samples were extracted with the SpeedExtractor E-914, followed by an automated clean-up ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • Keeping Pace with PTP and CCRL

    Two, three or four times a year, laboratories around the world check their performance with testing programs from ASTM International’s Proficiency Testing Program and the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory. Using samples sent for a particular program cycle, labs run specific methods and submit their results to PTP and CCRL for analysis. Each lab then receives reports that serve as a ...


    By ASTM International

  • News on Air 2013: Special Edition for Petrochemical Industry

    This volume features Air Monitoring products that are used the petrochemical industry to ensure worker and community safety.  Supelco's air monitoring products are useful for sampling of indoor (workplace) air and ambient air for a wide variety of analytes, such as aldehydes, volatile organic chemicals (VOC), benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene (BTEX) and other polyaromatic compounds ...


    By Sigma-Aldrich Co., LLC

  • Biobarriers for groundwater treatment: a review

    Biobarriers (BBs) are a new type of in situ technology for the remediation of contaminated groundwater. In recent years, this remediation technique has been more and more used in place of traditional Pump & Treat systems or other in situ technologies both in the USA and Europe. This work reviews the main experiences of BBs. The literature contains reports about tests ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • On the job training checklists improve efficiency

    The most widely used method of training is known by many names. Demonstration, skill assessment, job performance,proficiency testing and on-thejob (OJT) are just a few names associated with training in the field. Regardless of thename chosen, OJT as commonly practiced has some common characteristics, including : 1) The location of training is the actual work site, 2) An experienced employee ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Integrated composting and vermicomposting: a boon to industry for waste clearance

    The industrial bio-solid waste management is a global problem which has become even more challenging due to rise in population, industrialisation as well as changes in standard of living. Different waste management options, particularly landfill and incineration have potential adverse effects on environment, health, soil and biodiversity. There are little potential problems of environmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Matrix Gemini LIMS at work a Contract Analysis Laboratory Case Study

    DM Scientific, a rapidly growing contract analysis laboratory for the Animal Feed Industry, has replaced its largely manual sample tracking and reporting system based on a spreadsheet with the Matrix Express 'out of the box' LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe. With previous experience of using Matrix Express ensuring an even faster than normal implementation the ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • New to ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation or Accreditation in General?

    In a recent issue of Cal Lab: The International Journal of Metrology, ANAB’s Roger Muse provides a nice description of the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation process. As Muse begins, “To the uninitiated, accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 can seem mysterious, confusing, or ...


    By Qualtrax Inc

  • The 10 Key Factors in Selecting a Stack Sampling Firm

    Summary: This document is a summary of the key factors that you should take into consideration when hiring a stack testing firm.This has been prepared in conjunction with the ASTM criteria for standard practice of testing companies.The ASTM criteria has been supplemented, based on 125 years of direct testing experience, which is the combined years of experience of the individuals that contributed ...

  • Navigating in a sea of paper? - How to optimize your environmental laboratory information management

    Would you like your lab to grow both smart and green? In the absence of an optimal Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), today’s environmental laboratories have a difficult time growing adeptly without creating more boxes of paper plus lots of shelves to archive the data, thus requiring investments in more people, equipment, and space. If you grew with an proficient LIMS like Element ...


    By Promium LLC

  • Ohmsett Trains Oil Spill Responders

    Abstract Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Test Facility, located in Leonardo, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment; improving technologies through research and development; and for providing realistic training to response personnel. The U.S. Minerals Management Service manages the ...


    By OHMSETT

  • Ukas accredited laboratory manages its own configurations of Matrix Gemini LIMS case study

    By working closely with Autoscribe on the upgrade of Matrix 4 to Matrix Gemini, staff at Cavendish Nuclear's environmental laboratory have become so proficient in using Gemini's one-time configuration tools that they manage and implement any updates and developments to their own system as their needs arise. Background Cavendish Nuclear's environmental laboratory is an internationally ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • EH&S In Depth: Looking After the Bottom Line

    Technical competency is only one dimension of an environmental professional’s career. Success comes with effectively applying this technical knowledge to your work environment. “EH&S Advisor” is a new EM column that will offer a wide range of tools and techniques to help you become more proficient in your job. The column will provide a monthly forum for environment, health, ...

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