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PFAS Lab Testing, Analysis, and Consulting

The EPA's PFAS Roadmap includes strict guidelines for testing, monitoring, and remediation. More than a dozen US states have issued guidelines and notifications related to PFAS, and the list continues to grow. Therefore, it's critical for any organization impacted by current or coming regulations to develop a strategy that addresses all potential concerns over PFAS exposure.

Scientific Consulting

At RJ Lee Group, we know that science informs strategy, and our team of experts helps address the four key areas of a successful PFAS strategy:

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Assessment

Sample collection

Laboratory analysis

Data review

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Risk

Systemic
(chronic exposure)


Event-driven
(acute exposures)


Toxicological issues

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Remediation

Methods
(cost vs. effectiveness)

Background levels

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Process

PFAS sourcing in the supply chain

Exposure profiles

PFAS AFFF

A PFAS primer

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products including food packaging, cookware, fabrics, personal care products, and firefighting foams to provide resistance to water, oil, grease, and heat. PFAS are often called "forever chemicals" because PFAS do not easily break down.

Research into the health effects of PFAS exposure is ongoing, but studies indicate a possible link to health issues such as cancer, high cholesterol, liver damage, and thyroid disease. The Department of Defense is phasing out its use, the US EPA has proposed strict drinking water regulations, and several states have banned its use in consumer goods.

Where are PFAS chemicals found?
Paints
Waterproofing
Food Containers
Firefighting Foam
Photo Prints
Stain Resistant Coatings
Non Stick Coatings
Cosmetics
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Targeted Analysis with LC-MS/MS

Testing for the presence of PFAS in air, soil, or water to comply with current and proposed regulations is challenging because permissible limits are as low as .004 parts per trillion. That equates to trying to find 4 drops of water in over 13 billion gallons of water, or 20,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

RJ Lee Group utilizes state-of-the-art Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometer/Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) technology to analyze samples for PFAS constituents following several established methods including:

  • EPA 533
  • EPA 537 Rev. 1.1
  • ASTM D7979 with Isotopic Dilution
  • ASTM D7968-17

These are targeted methods for determining concentrations of specific PFAS compounds, such as PFOA and PFOS, though over 20 PFAS chemicals can be targeted.

Why do Our Customers Choose Us?

Quick turnaround
Quick turnaround available
Low detection limits
Low detection limits
Legally defensible data
Experienced in producing legally defensible data
sampling techniques
Development of new sampling techniques
teamwork
Partnerships with leading analytical instrument makers
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Dispute Advisory Services

RJ Lee Group has decades of experience with material concerns like asbestos, lead, and silica, providing a full range of services that begin with scientific consultation and run all the way to expert witness testimony. We know the importance of preparation and due diligence, and letting science speak through defensible data that is clearly articulated. We can help with every aspect of your litigation strategy:

 

    • Product labeling and warnings
    • Employee training and education
    • Compliance with regulations
    • Record-keeping and document retention
    • Insurance and legal preparedness

For more information on RJ Lee Group's dispute advisory services, download our "Science as a Foundation for PFAS Litigation Strategy" brochure.

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expert spotlight

Mike Dieble, Ph.D.

Consulting Scientist

Michael J. Deible, Ph.D. is a Consulting Scientist at RJ Lee Group, with extensive expertise that spans many industries, providing a broad range of services for materials characterization and specialty chemicals. Dr. Deible is currently directing PFAS testing and consulting efforts for RJ Lee Group. 

Tackling Challenges,
Ensuring Compliance. Together.

Don't wait until PFAS regulations impact your organization, know where you stand now by finding potential sources of PFAS chemicals with our handy guide and consulting with our experts to identify acceptable alternatives. 

Learn More

Download our latest datasheets, infographics, articles, and information to learn about how to overcome your PFAS challenges. 

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PFAS Primer

Get ready for current and proposed regulations with our handy PFAS Primer Infographic.

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Finding PFAS

Ask the right questions to find PFAS in manufacturing operations. 

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PFAS Services

Learn about all of the PFAS testing, analysis, and consulting services we offer.  

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PFAS Services

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