FAQ

Is your laboratory accredited?

Yes, we are NELAP accredited. Please see our Fields of Accreditation.

 

How do I send samples to you?

Most filter samples can be shipped in boxes with no special packaging.  Ensure that the filters are protected well enough to not be damaged during shipment.

Liquid samples (impinger solutions, etc.) should be packaged per DoT HazMat shipping standards. Both FedEx and UPS have HazMat specialists who can help to ensure your packaging is safe and legal.

Ship samples to our mailing address (see Contact Us for details). Note that a completed Chain-of-Custody (CoC) record is required to meet legal documentation requirements. A downloadable CoC is available here:

CLN Chain-of-Custody Record

What are your detection limits?

Please see our current Detection Limits. These detection limits are calculated for 47mm teflon, 8×10 Quartz and Aqueous samples. Please contact us for other matrices.

Note: The detection limits given here may not be exact.  For current detection limits, please contact us.

Does Chester LabNet perform analysis for ORGANIC constituents of air?

Although Chester LabNet does not perform air analyses for organics, we work with several other laboratories that do. If you would like a referral to one of these labs, please contact us.

Where can I find the QA guidance document for PM2.5?
How do I handle 8×10 Filters?
  • Always use gloves when handling filters.
  • Place filter in sampler with the ID side facing down.
  • After sampling, fold filter with the deposit side facing in.

Quartz filters have a front and back side.  The back side is the side that looks like it has a grid on it.  The ID is always stamped on the back side.  The deposit should be collected on the “rough” side.

You can find more information in the EPA Quality Assurance Handbook, Vol. II, Part II 2.11–PM10 High Volume.

Where can I purchase Audit (Proficiency Testing) Samples?

Note: Chester LabNet is not affiliated in any way with the companies listed above, and does not endorse or otherwise warrant the performance, prices, or quality of the equipment or services of these companies. Neither does CLN act as an agent of or receive any referral fees from them.

I am trying to sample an (obscure, delicate) source for (engineering, compliance, litigation) purposes and was wondering what method I should use?

We are more than happy to help you with comparing methodologies if you contact us, however, we strongly recommend that you first contact the governing agency ultimately responsible for the site. If there is no agency, the most legally defensible data will use 40 CFR 60 or other US EPA sanctioned methods. The more you deviate from the method, the less legally defensible it becomes.

Where can I purchase sorbent tubes?

The two largest suppliers of air quality monitoring sorbent tubes are:

Note: Chester LabNet is not affiliated in any way with the companies listed above, and does not endorse or otherwise warrant the performance, prices, or quality of the equipment or services of these companies. Neither does CLN act as an agent of or receive any referral fees from them.

Do you rent sampling equipment?

Chester LabNet does not rent sampling or monitoring equipment. However due to high demand for these services and frequent requests for referrals, here are a few companies that do:

Note: Chester LabNet is not affiliated in any way with the companies listed above, and does not endorse or otherwise warrant the performance, prices, or quality of the equipment or services of these companies. Neither does CLN act as an agent of or receive any referral fees from them.

I’ve never done air quality sampling before, where do I start?

We recommend contacting an air quality engineering firm if you have never performed air sampling before. Unlike soil and water sampling, air sampling requires a great deal of both specialized equipment and skill (and a whole lot of luck!). Feel free to contact us for information on various air quality engineering firms, or refer to the EPA methods.

Can you test my water?

Chester LabNet is specialized in the analysis of air quality samples. We do not perform drinking water/well water analysis. Please contact us for a referral to a local laboratory which performs those tests.

What does this acronym mean?

The link below may help you find the meaning of many acronyms. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will assist you.

How do I convert A to B?

The links below might be able to help you with your conversions. If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us.