NOTE: As of 31 July 2015, PHCR-Europe has transitioned to the Regional Health Command - Europe. The information here is provided as a courtesy and may not be up-to-date.
"Qualified Staff, State-of-the-Art Instrumentation & Quality Systems Guarantee Quality Data"
The Inorganic Chemistry (ICD) performs the analysis of trace metals, ions, and asbestos to provide sound scientific data for risk-based decision-making. To meet our goals of producing Quality analytical data and providing excellent Customer Service all analyses are performed in accordance with LS’ ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation requirements and the EPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP), under our ISO 9001:2008 registered Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 14001:2004 registered Environmental Management System (EMS).
Specific program areas include: drinking water compliance testing, soil, groundwater, and wastewater testing, environmental lead program testing, qualitative identification of contaminants of samples of unknown origin, and the identification of bulk solid asbestos and associated air filters for fiber counting.
Drinking Water Compliance Testing
Drinking Water Compliance Testing is provided to ensure that the drinking water used by military personnel and their family members in garrison and during deployments meets or exceeds the regulatory requirements of either the Overseas Environmental Baseline Guidance Document (OEBGD), Host Nation specific requirements, or the Department of Defense Final Governing Standards.
Heavy Metals Analysis
Metals analysis using "State of the Art Instrumentation" allows the Inorganic Chemistry Division (ICD) to provide quality analytical data to our customers in a timely manner. Samples are analyzed for up to 17 metals at one time using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission and Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). Metals are analyzed as part of the Drinking Water Surveillance Program (DWSP), FDA 21 CFR for Bottled Water, the United States EPA Lead and Copper Program, the National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program and as part of Industrial Hygiene risk assessments.
Classical (Wet) Chemistry
Samples are analyzed for non-metal contaminants using classical wet chemistry methods and "State-of-the-Art Instrumentation" to assess the aesthetic quality of drinking water. Analyses such as color, odor, and total dissolved solids are analyzed using classical wet chemistry. Other non-metals samples are analyzed using automated instrumentation such as the flow injection analyzer, ion chromatographs, and automated titration analyzers. Radiochemistry is also performed in the non-metals areas for gross alpha and gross beta particles.
Samples are analyzed by certified technicians for asbestos using United States EPA and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) methods. Analyses are performed using phase contrast microscopes for fiber counting and polarized light microscopes for bulk asbestos identification.