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Joe DeLeo


Safety Day “Hands on Health and Safety”

There are many studies concerning worker safety and a lot of statistics breaking down all aspects of it.  Most statistics on workplace safety tally fatalities vs. non-fatalities or are broken down further into OSHA recordable incidents vs. non-recordable incidents.  Companies keep track of lost time and money due to workplace incidents of all types.

While workplace injuries do cost companies and impact workers and their families, SGS realizes that companies and employees are impacted by incidents that happen outside the workplace too.  Recognizing this, SGS and its employees have committed to following “The Rules for Life”; rules that are applicable to all parts of one’s life, both inside and outside the workplace.  The Rules for Life are 15 rules that, when followed, should help keep workers, their families and our company safe and productive.

On September 16, nearly 100 SGS-Galson employees took part in the global 2015 SGS Safety Day, “Hands on Health and Safety”.  In our East Syracuse NY location, employees from Syracuse and several other SGS-Galson locations around the US, gathered together in person and via webcast for a presentation on Safety. Employees also participated in discussions of case studies designed to raise awareness of safe behaviors.  Afterwards, each employee re-dedicated themselves to being safe in the workplace as well as in their everyday lives and being watchful and helping their fellow workmates do the same.

By tracing their hands and adding their signatures to several Safety Day banners, each employee vowed to make safety a top-most priority in their lives by following the Rules for Life inside and outside the workplace.  The banners now hang in our East Syracuse location as a constant reminder of our commitment to “Keeping our People Safe, Always”, for ourselves, for our families, for our company and for our clients.

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Pam Weaver


Beryllium sampling: We’ve got you covered

As a world leader in industrial hygiene analysis, we at SGS Galson Laboratories understand the need to measure even difficult-to-digest compounds.  And with OSHA’s recently announced  proposed ruleto lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium from 2 µg/m3 to 0.2 µg/m3, there is an even greater need.

At SGS Galson Laboratories, we already have the capability in place to handle this changeand provide the highest quality data possible to assure worker health and safety. We make it easy to collect samples and provide data to the detection limit required. For our clients, this means you’re covered to reach the proposed lower OSHA PEL.

In 2009, a studywas commissioned by the Beryllium Health and Safety Committee (BHSC) Sampling and Analysis Subcommittee (SAS) to look at BeO sample digestion issues. In 2010, the AIHA Proficiency Analytical Testing (PAT) program introduced a pilot study to determine the ability of its participants to adequately digest samples containing BeO.

SGS Galson Laboratories has participated and been found proficient in the BeO PAT program since its inception.We’re performing beryllium analysis by ICP using method NIOSH 7300/OSHA ID-125G.

As always, our Quality Assurance team verifies each step of the method development and verification to validate sensitivity, accuracy and repeatability. Clients can use our FreePumpLoan™ programthat provides the use of free air sampling pumps, sampling media and accessories to you when SGS Galson performs the laboratory analysis.

With IH Live Chat, now available on tablets and mobile phones, you can have your questions answered by one of our experienced client service team quickly and accurately.  We’re here to help and look forward to hearing from you. 

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Joe Unangst



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 sampling! 

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Joe Unangst



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 clients.

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