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Laboratory

Laboratory Division

AMD’s laboratory division demonstrates its competence, and ensures accuracy and quality by routine participation in proficiency tests administered by state authorities and the lab’s accreditation body. Laboratory management and analysts also implement and monitor various quality assurance and quality control measures on a daily basis to provide complete, accurate and defensible data in a timely manner.

AMD Environmental Consultant’s laboratory division is certified by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (Lab ID No. 11108) for the environmental analyses of asbestos fibers in air. AMD’s laboratory division earned A2LA accreditation (Certificate No. 4299.01) to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, for the Biological field of testing, specializing in the analysis of air, surface and bulk samples for the identification and quantification of mold spores. AMD follows the ASTM Standard D7391 Standard Test Method for Categorization and Quantification of Airborne Fungal Structures by Optical Microscopy.

Chains of Custody ( COC )

OSHA Personal Air Sampling 4
OSHA Personal Air Sampling 14
PCM Air Sampling
Air Quality & Mold Sampling

Certifications

Accredited Laboratory
Accreditation to ISO/IEC
ELAP Certification

ASBESTOS & PHASE CONTRAST MICROSCOPY

One means of testing the airborne fiber levels before, during, and subsequent to asbestos abatement activities is through the use of Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) analysis. AMD’s laboratory division has a team of analysts trained for the PCM analysis of air monitoring samples collected on asbestos abatement projects.

These samples are taken before, during, and after asbestos abatement activities by project monitors, and are also collected by abatement contractors wearing personal air pumps satisfying OSHA regulations, to document asbestos fiber concentrations at background levels, levels inside and outside of the work area during abatement, and clearance levels after remediation has been completed. This information can be used to establish airborne fiber concentrations, monitor the effectiveness of the asbestos abatement operations, determine appropriate personal protection equipment for contactors and provide assurance that airborne fibers are not exiting the containment barriers.

AMD Environmental understands that speed and efficiency is a primary focus during abatement projects, and often provides turnaround times of air monitoring sample analysis in less than 24 hours. This gives building owners assurance that their project is being conducted safely and in the best interests of their assets.

The staff at AMD prides itself on providing accurate quality results. We enjoy providing our clients with the data and piece of mind that helps move their project along.

NON-VIABLE DIRECT EXAM OF FUNGAL SPORES

Molds and fungi are simple, microscopic organisms, found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors, as such, mold spores are always present in the air at ambient levels. Although airborne levels vary according to locale and current environmental conditions, most individuals will not suffer adverse health effects from exposure to background levels. Sometimes, though, due to a water loss even, moisture intrusion or ventilation issues, conditions indoors can be favorable for fungal growth, resulting in increased levels of airborne fungal spores, which can overwhelm the body’s natural defenses. Inhalation of such elevated levels of airborne spores may result in allergic or toxic responses.

Indoor air and surface sampling for fungal spores is frequently conducted to identify if growth is present, assess the levels of fungal contamination, and subsequently the potential risk to building occupants. It is also used to determine if there was hidden mould growth in the building or to determine the effectiveness of remediation procedures.

With non-viable analyses, samples are directly examined under a microscope for the presence of mold spores which are identified based on the visual characteristics (size, shape, pigment, etc.). This type of analysis does not determine whether the mold is viable or non-viable, but it does identify if characteristic growth structures are present in the sample. AMD’s laboratory staff is trained in identifying a wide variety of mold spore types, and provides quantitative and qualitative analysis of air, surface and bulk samples.