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EDLab Receives Legionella Accreditation Under The ELAP of the New York State Department of Health
Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory at Pure Air Control Services, Inc. received accreditation for Legionella and Heterotrophic Plate Counts from the New York State Department of Health's Environmental Lab Accreditation Program
By: Pure Air Control Services
"I personally feel, even though the EDLab has always had a strong program for the implementation of quality systems and ISO/IEC 17025 compliance, it's a bonanza to have a creditable third party/state validate all of the procedures in practice and their integrity" says Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Director of Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, "I am proud of my team for their invaluable contributions, along with the time and efforts invested in this long process of obtaining accreditation for environmental Legionella and Heterotrophic Plate Count samples. I believe it will be beneficial to our company, customers and industry as a whole to obtain information on these tests without compromise."
This accreditation is not only beneficial to the laboratory in its day-to-day operation, but it also verifies the implementation of a quality system for the work performed by the laboratory. The benefits are tangible to the customers because the accreditation gives them confidence in the quality and integrity of services rendered by the laboratory. In addition to this accepted technical competence, the NYS DOH ELAP also confirms that the services are impartial and standout on the scientific justification to fulfill legal obligations.
Legionella bacteria can be prevalent in building water systems and when left untested/unmanaged can lead to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease and/or Pontiac Fever. It typically harms the young, elderly and those susceptible to pulmonary health related conditions. In fact, 1 out of 10 cases of Legionellosis is fatal to people in this group. In June of 2017 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that healthcare and assisted living facilities have a compliant Legionella testing protocol in place to prevent such outbreaks. EDLab's inclusion in the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) ELITE Program, and now this recent accreditation with the New York State Department of Health's Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program gives their customers the high level resources needed to keep Legionella in control in their facilities.
For more information on a Legionella Sampling and Testing Program through Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory please contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay, CIAQP, FIAS at 1-800-422-7873 extension 304. http://www.edlab.org
About Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory
The Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) (established in 1992) at Pure Air Control Services (PACS) is an environmental lab offering complete and comprehensive indoor environmental microbiology laboratory services. They include: microbiology, aerobiology, chemistry, allergen assays and microscopy designed to meet all your indoor air needs. EDLab supports IAQ investigations by assisting with strategic sampling plan development and supplying media collection equipment while performing a wide range of environmental analyses.
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