Customer Service

CHESTER LabNet (CLN) provides exceptional customer service, with assistance and technical support in all stages of sampling and analysis. Our staff aims to help our clients with everything from pricing and billing questions, to user friendly reports, to technical support with established methods and method development for the truly unique sampling situation.

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CLN's greatest asset is its knowledge base. CLN's staff is well educated in the ins and outs of the air quality industry. CMB modeling, PM2.5, 40 CFR 60 methods, Source Testing, none of these terms are alien to us.

CLN can help with all aspects of air quality analysis, from choosing the right sampling method, to which analytical method is the best suited for a particular matrix, to the benefits and drawbacks of different techniques, to data interpretation and validation.


We strive to educate and inform our clients as well as simply providing them with numbers. If you have general questions, please email or call and ask to speak with one of us.

For technical questions regarding XRF and particle fractioning/sizing questions, please contact Rick Sarver. For technical questions regarding 40 CFR 60 methods (method 26, method 29 etc.), NIOSH methods, CARB methods, and EPA methods, please contact Sheri Heldstab.

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TURN AROUND TIMES

Standard Turn around Times vary depending on the analyses needed. Gravimetric only projects are reported electronically within one week of receipt. The majority of other sample analyses are reported within one to two weeks.  Our average turn around time has historically been less than nine calendar days.  Some labor intensive analyses require more time to be completed; these include EPA Methods 29 and 13B. Quick turn around times available upon request and pricing is done on a per project basis.

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CLN prides itself in creating reports to suit our clients' needs. Data can be reported by hard copy, facsimile, and electronically by CD or e-mail. Specialized reporting formats can be created to allow CLN to e-mail data in a format easily integrated into client Databases.

CHESTER LabNet offers four levels of reports: Draft, Standard, CLP and custom or electronic.

Draft reports consist of a faxed or emailed data sheet, and are usually requested when the data is needed as soon as possible or when data is being used in a baseline study determining the best approach to site analysis. Outside of the faxed or emailed sheet, no further report is sent to the client.

Our standard report includes a section for Quality Assurance/Quality Control, as well as the analytical results of each sample. Where applicable, standard QA/QC includes a preparation blank, method blank, laboratory control sample (LCS), matrix duplicate and matrix spike.

CLP (often mistakenly called "Level IV", although "Level IV" is no longer utilized by the EPA) QC reporting is also available, based on the QA/QC and reporting formats of the U.S. EPA Contract Laboratory Program (CLP). CLP reports consist of a variety of checklists, a full data package review prior to submission of data, presentation of data and QC using CLP reporting forms (modified as needed), and raw data. 

Custom reports vary widely in format however, as a general rule custom reports are usually electronic in format and designed for easy importation into an existing database. CLN is very malleable in its reporting formats. Custom and CLP reports may incur additional charges.  If you would like to inquire about a customized reporting format, please contact Paul Duda.

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CLN pricing is usually done on a case-by-case basis. Due to the wide variety of samples and circumstances for each project in the air quality industry, a flat pricing schedule is not feasible.

CLN will, upon request, provide a line item price quote to any client seeking our services. We are accustomed to working with all types of accounts payable systems, from small source testing companies to large organizations such as government bureaucracies and colleges/universities. We strive to make pricing and billing issues as invisible as possible.

For pricing inquiries, please contact Paul Duda or Lisa Ball.

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BILLING

CLN's standard billing procedure is to issue an invoice after all work is complete to the accounts payable contact. Alternate billing methods can be set up in advance. We request that all billing contacts be in our files prior to the shipment of any samples, although we do realize that reality can interfere with all good intentions at times. Standard terms are 30 days, with interest accruing after 60 days. For your convenience we accept both VISA and MasterCard.

We are accustomed to working with all types of accounts payable systems, from small source testing companies to large organizations such as government bureaucracies and colleges/universities. We strive to make pricing and billing issues as invisible as possible.

If you have any questions regarding a bill you have received, our billing procedures, or establishing a payment schedule, please contact Paul Duda.

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