PFAS Lab Testing, Analysis,
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.
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:
- Sample collection
- Laboratory analysis
- Data review
- Systemic (chronic exposure)
- Event-driven (acute exposures)
- Toxicological issues
- Methods (cost vs. effectiveness)
- Background levels
- PFAS sourcing in the supply chain
- Exposure profiles
For more information on developing a PFAS strategy, download our “Finding PFAS” infographic .
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. 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 both proposed strict drinking water regulations, and several states have banned its use in consumer goods. Get ready for current and proposed regulations with our PFAS primer.
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 available
Low detection limits
Experienced in producing legally defensible data
Development of new sampling techniques
Partnerships with leading analytical instrument makers
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 the 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 litigation support, download our “Science as a Foundation for PFAS Litigation Strategy” brochure.
PFAS is an Emerging Contaminant of Interest for Air Quality
PFAS in the atmosphere can be carried long distances before deposition onto land and water.
RJ Lee Group offers sampling for PFAS in the air, performed on solid media, with analysis performed using the LC-MS/MS test methods.