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Field Services

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Sample Pick-up

PCAS offers convenient sample pick-up services to clients located in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino. Pick-ups must be scheduled 24 hrs in advance. Fees may apply.

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On site Sampling

For those projects requiring complex and/or equipment intensive sampling techniques, PCAS offers on site sampling services. Our highly experienced Field Technicians are proficient on a number of methods including grab & composite sampling, aseptic techniques and statistical sampling plans. Product matrices include water, hazardous waste, food and air just to name a few.

The process starts with clients calling the laboratory to discuss their needs and request a quote. Then, clients pre-pay for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted). Once the order is received, our Project Managers will schedule the sampling and pre-notify the date/time of sampling to client and applicable regulatory authorities.

On the scheduled date, our experienced Field Technicians will visit your facility and perform the sampling according to plan. Samples will then be taken to the lab for testing.

Once samples arrive to PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the appropriate laboratory for testing. There our seasoned Analysts perform their work under a rigorous quality control program using recommended methods of analysis and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Environmental Swabbing

Regulatory agencies mandate manufacturers to have an environmental swabbing program in place. The programs focus on bacterial and/or chemical monitoring of surfaces that can become contaminated with vectors such as Listeria spp. , Salmonella spp, E.coli, Heavy Metals, etc. To address this need, PCAS has developed an “Environmental Swabbing” turn key service.

The process starts with clients calling the laboratory to discuss their needs and request a quote. Then, clients must pre-pay for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted). Once the order is received, our Environmental Scientists will visit your facility and develop a customized program to address your needs. Once the program is completed, our Project Manager will call you to schedule the swabbing.

On the schedule date, our Field Technicians will visit your facility and collect the specimens and transfer to the lab for testing.

Once specimens arrive at PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the appropriate laboratory for testing. There our seasoned Analysts perform their work under a rigorous quality control program using recommended methods of analysis and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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24 hr Composite Sampling

EPA, State and local regulations require 24 hour on site composite sampling of wastewater before it is discharged to the sewage system. To address this need PCAS has developed an onsite “24 hr composite sampling” service using ISCO instrumentation. Service is restricted to the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino. Lab testing is not included and can be quoted separately.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted). Once the order is received, our Project Managers will call the client to schedule the sampling and pre-notify the City if required.

On the scheduled date, our experienced Field Technicians will install an ISCO sampler programmed to take samples throughout a 24 hr period. Samples will then be taken to the lab for testing.

Once samples arrive to PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our seasoned Environmental Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using EPA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Consulting

PCAS offers consulting services in the areas of analytical method development, regulatory compliance, quality programs (HACCP, Swabbing, Sanitation), product development (product formulation, nutritional labeling, shelf life testing), etc.

The process starts with clients calling our lab to discuss their needs with our Lab Director. If desired, clients can complete our non disclosure agreement form and send it for signing prior to any conversations.

We will then prepare a quote and seek client’s approval. Then, clients have to prepay for the services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) before the project can be started.

Project execution may take different formats involving face to face meetings, conference calls, product/prototype testing, etc. Progress reports are sent to the client as agreed and a final report is prepared when the project is completed.

Laboratory testing will be quoted and invoiced separately. Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.