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The Galson Blog

Joe Unangst


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, since they allow us to provide a wider range of client service offerings.

I see a great advantage in being able to contact other expert analytical laboratories about specific types of testing, to exchange ideas and brainstorm, and to work together, solving client problems. By virtue of such cooperation, we will continue to develop and refine our expertise, and be able to provide the highest level of service, which is our top priority.

We constantly strive to make your experience with us is the best possible, and hope the transition has been smooth for you. Please let us know if there is anything we could be doing better, and please visit us at the upcoming AIHceand ASSEconferences. We look forward to seeing you!

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Edward Stuber CIH


For all our Canadian Friends and Clients in British Columbia

At the July 2011 meeting, the Board of Directors ("BOD") of WorkSafeBC provided their decision on the 2011 new and revised American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists ("ACGIH") Threshold Limit Values ("TLVs") for eight substances.

The BOD approved the adoption of the ACGIH TLVs as BC occupational exposure limits ("OELs") for Acetic anhydride, Carbon black, Ethyl benzene, Methyl isopropyl ketone, Soapstone, and 4,4'-Thiobis(6-tert-butyl-m-cresol). Effective September 15, 2011, these six substances will be removed from the Table of OELs for Excluded Substances in Policy R5.48-1, and the ACGIH TLVs (as 8-hour tme-weighted averages) will be assigned as BC OELs as follows:

Acetic Acid: 1 PPM
Carbon Black: 3.0 mg/m3 (inhalable fraction)
Ethyl Benzene: 20 PPM
Methyl Isoproyl Ketone: 20 PPM
Soapstone: See Talc
4,4'-Thiobis(6-tert-butyl-m-cresol): 1.0 mg/m3 (inhalable fraction)

The BOD decided to maintain the following substances on the Table of OELs for Excluded Substances with no changes to their respective limits.

Maleic anhydride: 0.1 ppm
2,4-Pentanedione: No previous limit

The reason for the BOD decision for the above substances is that there are no validated sampling methods for Maleic anhydride and 2,4-Pentanedione. There will be on-going monitoring of the availability of validated sampling methods for each of these substances.

To meet the growing industrial hygiene needs of our Canadian clients, Galson Laboratories will be adding an office in the greater Mississauga/Toronto region. Here are the details:

• Anticipated to open in the 4th quarter of 2011
• The office will have rental instruments
• The office will have pumps (FreePumpLoan!)
• The office will have media (FreeSamplingBadges!)
• Drop off or mail samples to the location – we will take care of getting them to our lab in Syracuse

Now it will be even easier to do business with us – look for more details as they develop in the near future and the grand opening announcement.

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