Analytical Support for Ecological / Human Health Risk Assessment Applications
Generating useful, reliable analytical data for risk assessments, particularly ones involving sediment and/or tissue sampling programs, is the most difficult task an environmental laboratory can undertake. Contaminated sediments can present a significant challenge to achieving project-specific detection limits, given the high TOC and moisture content. This can be further exacerbated by high concentrations of both target and non-target analytes. Tissue samples pose similar, but different, challenges associated with high lipid content.
These programs can often be high profile projects, and even though the samples can be the most difficult to analyze, they have the most stringent regulatory requirements in terms of detection limits and data quality. Alpha has a reputation for exceeding expectations, and we are known for a unique combination of skills that provide us with the capabilities and capacity to produce a high quality product in accordance with all applicable regulatory requirements in support of large projects on quick time-frames.
Alpha Analytical's Mansfield facility has been specifically designed, staffed and equipped to support ecological and/or human health risk assessment applications. Unlike more routine site characterization, these programs require the laboratory to place much more emphasis on sample storage, homogenization and preparation at the front end of the analytical process together with method development expertise focused on maximizing analytical sensitivity and overcoming interferences.