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Pam Weaver


New LOQ's in updated Sampling + Analysis Guide

The online Sampling + Analysis Guidehas been recently updated to reflect some changes in Quantitation Limits (LOQs) related to a few gravimetric analyses and we’ve added a new gravimetric analysis.

Lowered LOQs:

–        Asphalt fume (benzene soluble fraction) by method NIOSH 5042changed from 0.10 mg to 0.050 mg.

–        Cotton dust by method NIOSH 0500using Accu-Cap PVC PW changed from 0.25 mg to 0.10 mg.  

The new addition to the Sampling + Analysis Guide is:

–       Inhalable asphalt fume (benzene soluble fraction) by gravimetric analysis method NIOSH 5042collected with 25PTFE 2.0 PW IOM sampler.

At SGS Galson Laboratories, we are consistently seeking the highest quality data for our clients, and this means understanding the latest methods for sensitivity, accuracy and repeatability. It also means keeping our clients informed. Please contact us with any questions. You can use our IH Live Chat, now available on tablets and mobile phones. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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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Pam Weaver


Doing Whatever It Takes For Our Clients

I’ve been reflecting on my ­30 years helping Galson clients with their challenges, and 24 years as Client Service Manager. I’m pleased that Galson, now SGS Galson Laboratories’, significant growth has always come with enhancement of our ability to provide the best client service in the industrial hygiene industry. This is exemplified by the time we spend on the phone, LiveChat and email, the positive feedback we get from our clients, and of course the repeat and new business we receive.

SGS Galson is always trying to raise the bar by providing new and better services, and improved client service. Our latest improvement is the addition of an extra hour of Client Service Representative support, available at the end of each weekday. We are now available to answer you calls and chats until 9pm EST and 6pm PST on weekdays!

To assure that we’re able to cover the additional client service time, we recently hired our tenth Client Service Representative, Lauren Willert, who will be assisting you from our newly-established Client Service Center in Anchorage, AK.  Anchorage is our seventh client servicecenter, which also includes, Irvine, CA, Houston, TX, Stevens Point, WI, Charleston, SC, Mississauga, ON, and our home office in East Syracuse, NY.

No matter where you are, we strive to provide the highest service levels possible. I’ve always thought of our Client Service department and clients as trusted partners, and it’s your trust we plan to continue to earn.

We’re always available to help and now even more than ever. Again, we’re available Monday through Friday, 8am-9pm EST, at 1-888-432-5227 (LABS) or through the onlineIH Live Chat. And, of course, we’re on call 24/7/365.

Thanks, as always, for trusting in SGS Galson Laboratories. 

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Pam Weaver


Suck it UP!

If pet dander is affecting your indoor air quality, the best thing to do is SUCK IT UP!

Pet dander is tiny pieces of skin shed by dogs, cats, and other animals with feathers or fur. It is one of the most invasive allergens because it can be found everywhere including homes, work places, hospitals, and other public buildings. Pet dander greatly affects indoor air quality and can be linked to many mild or life-threatening health risks.

Many people have discovered allergies to pets after they have added a cute and cuddly member to their family. Some of the symptoms to watch out for are coughing, watery eyes, sneezing, and shortness of breath. Pet dander may, also, contribute to the development of asthma or other respiratory illness.

As a proud owner of a shorty Russell Terrier named Addison, I am always looking for the best ways to improve my indoor air quality while enjoying her as part of my family. Here’s my three top tips for lowering your exposure to pet dander while still adoring your canine (or feline) friends.

        1. SUCK IT UP: Vacuum regularly all carpets, furniture, and cloth material where dander may accumulate Use HEPA filters for best results).

2.  GROOM or DOOM: Wash pets and their bedding often. Brush them outside to reduce dander from spreading.

3.  WASH ‘N RINSE: Wash your hands thoroughly after playing with pets every time.

So, keep your furry friends while reducing the dander in the air.


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