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AMD Environmental’s state-of-the-art lab provides high quality results for our specialties including asbestos testing, lead testing, mold testing and indoor air quality testing for all of our clients, from industrial to residential.

Laboratory

AMD Environmental Laboratory Division

Certified analyses achieving quick and reliable results

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, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

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’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 indoor air quality testing, including for asbestos fibers in the air.
  • AMD Environmental and its 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

To test for asbestos exposure, project monitors collect samples before, during, and after asbestos abatement activities. Phase contrast microscopy (PCM) analysis is one of the main means our asbestos testing lab uses to determine the airborne fiber levels at each of those points in any asbestos abatement activities.

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, abatement contractors wearing personal air pumps satisfying OSHA regulations, also collect samples.

This information can be used to establish airborne fiber concentrations; monitor the effectiveness of the asbestos abatement operations; determine appropriate personal protection equipment for contractors; and provide assurance that airborne fibers are not exiting the containment barriers.

AMD Environmental understands that speed and efficiency are of primary concern during abatement projects, and often provides under 24-hour turnarounds for air monitoring sample analyses. 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 peace of mind that helps move their project along.

Mold Testing and Identification

The AMD Environmental laboratory staff is trained in identifying a wide variety of mold spore types, and provides quantitative and qualitative analyses of air, surface and bulk samples.

While mold spores are always present in the air at ambient levels, most people do not suffer adverse health effects from that exposure. Molds and fungi—simple, microscopic organisms—are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors; airborne levels vary according to locale and environmental conditions.

When indoor conditions—like water loss, moisture intrusion or ventilation issues—are favorable for fungal growth, increased levels of airborne fungal spores can occur, and can overwhelm people’s natural defenses. Inhalation of elevated levels of airborne spores may result in allergic or toxic responses.

Mold testing, testing for indoor air quality, and indoor surface sampling for fungal spores are frequently conducted to:

  • Identify if growth is present
  • Assess the levels of fungal contamination
  • Assess the potential risk to building occupants

After remediation, mold testing and sampling is also used to determine if there was hidden mold growth in the building and/or to determine the effectiveness of any remediation procedures.

With “non-viable” (not living, versus alive, or “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 identifies if characteristic growth structures are present in the sample.