NEW, LOWER LOQ: IT’S TIME FOR PASSIVE ACETIC ACID STEL SAMPLING!

NEW, LOWER LOQ: IT’S TIME FOR PASSIVE ACETIC ACID STEL SAMPLING!

The times for acetic acid sampling are “a-changin”!  We recently updated the LOQ on the Assay N543 badge for Acetic Acid from 5 ug to 3 ug, and as a result, we can now report below the 15 ppm ACGIH TLV STEL for passive badge samples collected over a 15-minute period. For our clients, the improvement means increased flexibility and convenience, as you can now choose either active or passive STEL sampling for acetic acid, and accordingly, no longer are limited to using a sampling pump. At SGS Galson Laboratories, our Quality Assurance team verifies each step of the method development and verification to validate sensitivity, accuracy and repeatability. A study has therefore been done to verify the new, lower LOQ and ensure the highest quality data possible for the protection of workers. We’re conducting acetic acid analysis by IC using a modified method OSHA ID-186SG. The Assay N543 badge is available through our FreeSamplingBadges(TM)program. In this way clients can create a tailored acetic acid sampling package, and with the online IH Live Chat, you can do it directly from your phone. Welcome to a new world of acetic acid...
PROBLEM SOLVING WITH THE SGS INSTITUTE OF APPLIED CHROMATOGRAPHY

PROBLEM SOLVING WITH THE SGS INSTITUTE OF APPLIED CHROMATOGRAPHY

By Joe Unangst Being part of SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has its priviledges.While we at SGS Galson Laboratories are able to answer the vast majority of your questions, occasionally we receive an inquiry of an extraordinarily complex nature that requires outside assistance. But these days, we don’t need to go “outside”, we can keep it in the SGS family. Located in Antwerp, Belgium, the SGS Institute of Applied Chromatography (IAC) is a high-tech analytical laboratory with very special testing capabilities. SGS IAC prides itself on being problem solvers and can develop methods for unusual compounds or substances.With SGS IAC’s advanced and innovative inventory of instrumentation, food, animal feed, electronic devices, chemicals, environmental pollutants and more, are all areas within its range of expertise. The SGS Institute of Applied Chromatography’s methods include low-level metals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products analyses, as well as environmental forensics on oil spills, comprehensive gas chromatography, detection of fraudulent additions in food samples and much more. Using the SGS-developed tool Multitrace, SGSIAC additionally detects contaminants contained in soil and groundwater samples, comprising metals, volatile, semi-volatile and non-volatile compounds, pesticides and various organic compounds. Previous work includes the successful assessment of environmental contamination for the largest oil/gas pre-treatment plant in Europe.    SGS IAC’s extensive experience solving diversified analytical challenges makes them an invaluable partner for us. They also serve as an example of the mutually beneficial relationships within the extensive global SGS network, creating added value for our...

Global Capabilities with SGS

The 2015 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) is right around the corner, and for the first time we will be participating as SGS Galson Laboratories. Being joined by SGS associates, we will have a much broader international representation, so at this year’s AIHce, we will be interacting with many more global health and safety representatives from large multinational companies. In this way, the conference is a great opportunity to share knowledge, as well as to raise awareness about our firm’s improved services and offerings to new prospects, and I’m excited about demonstrating our latest developments, including the Personal Exposure Vest (PEV), at our technology suite.Looking forward to traveling to Salt Lake City with SGS, I also thought this would be a good time to look back and take stock of the progress that has taken place since the August 2014 acquisition. Swiss-Syracuse synergy Our Geneva-based parent company has invested in sales, marketing and research to further our growth, and has continued to support our innovations since the acquisition last year. Its purchasing power has enabled us to reduce our costs, and there have been logistical advantages to the partnership, including utilizing SGS’s offices in several areas as drop centers for samples and equipment. As a result, we have increased order processing and delivery speeds to the benefit of our clients. In the capacity as SGS Center of Excellence for Industrial Hygiene Lab Services, we collaborate with other IH laboratories within the extensive SGS network to share our experience and innovations. As an example, we have subcontracted samples to specialists in Brazil, and I’m excited about these advancements,...

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