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Analytical Services

Environmental Laboratory Services operates six separate Analytical Sections in addition to a Sample Preparation Section and a Sampling Department. Laboratory sections are physically separated as required to prevent cross-contamination. Since many samples require analysis in more than one section, careful sample management is a top priority. Samples are tracked from receipt through result with a powerful Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Sample Preparation

Environmental Laboratory Services Sample Preparation Section is equipped with hoods, hot plates, extraction condensers, desiccators, tumblers for TCLP analysis, and balances, along with all appropriate safety equipment. Sample preparation in the Organics Section consists of performing semi-volatile organic extractions by sonication, soxhlet extraction, liquid-liquid extraction, or separatory funnel extraction. Digestion, distillation, or filtration is performed for sample preparation in the Inorganics Section

GCMS Concentrator with keypad

GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry)

Volatile and Semi-volatile organics analyses. GC/MS analysis is routinely used to analyze groundwater, wastewater, drinking water, soils, and wastes for industrial pollutants and suspected but unknown organic contaminants. To accurately identify and quantify organic compounds, the equipment in the GC/MS Section is unsurpassed. GC/MS can easily accommodate custom analysis, as well as a range of standard analyses. By definition, data produced by this instrumentation includes both chromatography and unique mass spectra of compounds. It is the unique spectra that assists analysts in providing positive identification of compounds.

GC (Gas Chromatography)

Volatile and Semi-volatile organics analyses. GC analysis is typically a less expensive alternative to GC/MS in cases where a sample is suspected to contain pesticides, PCBs, herbicides, petroleum hydrocarbons, or other organic contaminants. GC's are equipped with autosamplers and integrated into computer systems for accurate and efficient data output. GC analysis is routinely used to analyze drinking water, groundwater, wastewater, oils, soils, and wastes.



Environmental Laboratory Services Metals Section utilizes a PerkinElmer Elan 9000 ICP-MS Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) PerkinElmer Optima 7000 ICP, Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES), and Bacharach Cold Vapor Mercury Analyzers. The ICP-MS provides the same low level detection limits of the older Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry instruments with the speed of a multi-element ICP system. The ICP-MS provides part-per-trillion detection levels.

Wet Chemistry

The Wet Chemistry Section is equipped with pH and conductivity meters, balances, turbidimeter, spectrophotometers (VIS), and Lachat flow injection autoanalyzer. Testing for phosphorous, chlorides, nitrates, phenols, oil and grease, and total suspended solids are examples of analyses performed in this Analytical Section of Environmental Laboratory Services. The Wet Chemistry Section's autoanalyzer equipment is integrated into a computer system to accurately and efficiently analyze unattended samples.

Mold - Rhizopus


Microbiology is equipped with bacteria incubators, biological oxygen demand incubator, meters, autoclaves and other microbiological equipment. Analyses include Coliform bacteria, BODs, culture-based and non-culture based (direct microscopy) analysis. Salmonella analysis is performed in composting and effluent sludges, bacterial log reduction studies and antiseptic verification.


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On Site Sampling Services


Sample Containers
ELS provides the proper type of sample containers at no additional charge for most types of testing

Field Sampling
Our professional environmental sampling technicians are OSHA 40-hour and confined-space trained

Field Monitoring
Auto sampling equipment is available to suit most types of long-term sampling requirements

Sample Courier Services
We offer pickup services throughout Upstate New York and have 6 pickup locations throughout New York.

Contact Customer Service for scheduling to discuss your pick-up requirements.


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