The Synergist

A Magazine Serving Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Professionals

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August Issue

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Beryllium Laboratory Analysis

Will Regulations Drive the Science?
Laboratory analysis for beryllium samples has always presented a challenge to the analytical community. Some regulatory agencies have recently published beryllium OELs so low that in some cases a laboratory limit of detection in nanograms is required.

Molecular Methods

Increasing Use of PCR and qPCR Spurs New Accreditation from AIHA-LAP
Polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is an analytical method that allows identification of a pathogen in a matter of hours. According to the managers of several labs accredited by AIHA-LAP, the quick turnaround of PCR results makes it an attractive choice for industrial hygienists and other clients.

Support for Sampling

Laboratories, Field IHs Work Together to Overcome Sampling Challenges
At the 2016 AIHA Fall​ Conference on Leadership and Management, AIHA President-elect Cindy Ostrowski, CIH, and Bill Walsh, CIH, of SGS Galson Laboratories, discussed how field industrial hygienists and testing laboratories can collaborate to produce valid and defensible data.