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Columbia Analytical/Rochester Adds TO-15 VOCs Air Analysis Capability


Columbia Analytical Rochester is making TO-15 VOCs analytical service available to its many clients in New York and surrounding states as a supplement to the comprehensive air analytical services offered by Columbia Analytical’s Simi Valley, CA laboratory. We were able to bring this niche service on-line quickly for our eastern clients with the acquisition of experience personnel and state of the art equipment from a former large industrial laboratory. Clients with smaller scopes of air analytical, volatile organics and/or fixed gases only, that are either extensions of large soil and water related projects or are part of limited air investigations will now be able to process their complete analytical needs through the local Columbia Analytical facility in Rochester. When projects are extensive and/or other specialty air analytical is required, Columbia Analytical / Rochester will continue to process samples through Simi Valley on behalf of its clients. In all cases the client will be informed of their laboratory options and the work will be placed only with their approval.

Air quality testing has been a core capability of Columbia Analytical Services for almost 20 years. Its Simi Valley laboratory is recognized as one of the premier air analytical facilities in the country, offers analytical solutions for almost any air quality investigation or monitoring program. Air and vapor matrices of every variety , including those from ambient source emissions, indoor air, landfills gasses, industrial processes, remediation and site fence-line monitoring, and soil vapors are routinely processed for consultants, industry, and government agencies. Simi Valley has one of the largest inventories of Summa Canisters and other air sampling media in the industry. Novel approaches to air contamination investigations are also a trademark of Simi Valley. They have led the air testing industry in developments of methods for microbial volatile organic compound analysis, odor identification and characterization, and product off-gassing and emissions.

Columbia Analytical Rochester, the second largest full service facility in the Columbia Analytical network of laboratories, performs the majority of its analytical workload at the CLP/fully validatable level. It has also recently added analysis of niche or emergent chemicals to its capabilities. Trace mercury by EPA Method 1631; explosives, PFOAs, and perchlorate by LCMS; metabolic volatile fatty acids (full range of light and heavy compounds); and hexavalent chromium by EPA Method 7199 are just some of the newly developed analytical services of this New York.

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3 Responses to “Columbia Analytical/Rochester Adds TO-15 VOCs Air Analysis Capability”

  1. Tom Epple Says:

    We have a customer asking for test data for a pressure sensitive tape we manufacture to the methodology listed below. Is this a test you can run and if so, can you provide a quote for the test?

    Methodology
    The environmental chamber protocol and analytical methodology used in the standard test procedure follows the tests adopted by the EPA dialogue group on VOC emission from carpet described in “Indoor Air Sources: Using Small Environmental Chambers to Characterize Organic Emissions From Indoor Materials and Products”, EPA Report 600/8-89-074 and ASTM Guide D5116-90, “Standard Guide For Small Scale Environmental Chamber Determination of Organic Emissions From Indoor Materials”.

    The testing was done in a 50 liter chamber and analyzed by GC-MS using cryofocusing technique.

  2. Justin Palmer Says:

    What is the calibration range and LOQ for your TO-15 via 6L Summa can analysis?

  3. Columbia Analytical Says:

    Hi Justin,

    Two of our facilities offer TO-15 analysis: Simi Valley, CA and Rochester, NY. In Simi Valley, we offer a few different calibration ranges for different applications. Our SIM calibration range is approximately 0.025 - 20 ug/m3, with reporting limits for most compounds at 0.025 ug/m3. Our low level (full scan) analysis is approximately 0.10 - 100 ug/m3, with reporting limits for most compounds between 0.10 - 0.50 ug/m3 and our normal level (full scan) analysis is approximately 0.50 - 100 ug/m3, with reporting limits for most compounds between 0.50 - 5.0 ug/m3. In Rochester, we offer TO-15 analysis with a calibration range from approximately 0.20 - 10 ppbV for most compounds, with some compounds (with low risk screening levels) having a lower calibration range down to 0.02 ppbV. Reporting limits are between 0.02 - 0.20 ppbV (approximately 0.060 - 5.0 ug/m3). Please note that all of the reporting limits cited do not take into consideration the sample specific canister pressurization dilution factor. If you have further questions for a specific project, please do not hesitate to contact us further and we can assist you.

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