Analysis Report FAQ
What is included in the cost of the badges?
  • A pre-paid mailer to return the monitors to the lab for analysis
  • The chemical analysis of the badges
  • The Analysis report
  •  Customer support at contact@kemmed.com or 800-875-9028 ext. 10
  • A Chain of Custody form is sent with each monitor to provide documented traceability. This form and all results will be retained by Kem Medical for a period of 30 years.
Does the Analysis Report format follow certain guidelines?
  • The format of the analytical report conforms to ISO 17025 and AIHA-LAP, LLC directives.
How will I receive my analysis report?
  • The Kem Medical analytical reports are primarily sent by email to expedite service. However, they can also be sent by fax or USPS.
How quickly can I expect to receive my monitoring results?
  • Most vapor results are available within 1 to 2 days after receipt of the monitors
  • The pre-paid mailers are for use with the USPS. However, if a quicker  transport service is needed, a courier, such as UPS or FedEx may be used,
Can I expect a confirmation when my monitors are received at the lab?
  • Upon receipt of the monitoring badges for analysis, an automatic email confirmation is sent. The confirmation identifies each badges received and allows you to make any adjustments, such as correct spelling of a name, before the final analysis report is issued.
After I have received the final analysis reports and there are corrections to be made, what is the process?
  • Contact the lab at contact@kemmed.com or 800 875-9028 ext 10 for a correction to be made. 
  • The new corrected report will contain the wording ‘Amended Report’ and will state what was changed, who authorized the change, and the date when the change occurred.
  • Both the original and amended reports will be kept on file at Kem Medical for 30 years.
How will I know if my monitoring results are within an acceptable range?
  • If the analytical result is higher than the OSHA or NIOSH Standard  it will be noted in red lettering stating “High Result”
  • The OSHA or NIOSH Standard for the given vapor is located at the upper right hand side above the analysis table and is used as a reference to compare the result to.
How do I know when I receive my badges up to what point the expiration date is valid?
  • The badges are sent out with full year expiration.
  • The effective date extends to the last day of the stated month.
If I wear the badge for less than 8 hours, what is the ppm based on?
  • The ppm is based on the actual time that the badge was exposed for.
  • A caveat is provided on the analysis report that declares if there is no further exposure after the time stated on the badge, this is what the ppm value would be for 8 hours.
How am I able to access my badge results whenever I need them?
  • All badge results for any vapor at a given facility may be accessed. To initiate the process, a call must be made to the Lab at 800 875-9028 ex 10.
How is a blank treated in relationship to my samples?
  • Blanks are used to evaluate any background contamination collected on the monitoring badge during storage, handling and shipping.  If blank samples accompany the badges, the reports are not blank corrected. 
  • The exposed badges that are associated with the blank samples will have a reference to the blank monitor serial number in the Remark section of the Analysis Report.
Clarification of the analysis report nomenclature.

See sample report where each classification is located.

  • Authorization Contact: Includes  the Facility Name, Contact Person, Address, and Phone Number of the badge submitter
  • Analysis ID: Every monitor that arrives at the Kem Medical Lab is assigned a unique number
  • Monitor Condition: If the physical state of the monitor has been altered it will have the wording “Unsatisfactory” and the reason stating why the monitored was labeled will be noted in the Remark section. If a badge is too badly damaged, the customer will be contacted regarding the disposition.
  • Mass Recovered: Mass in units of µg is the quantity of matter within a sample.
  • Exposure Profile: A historical summary of the exposure values of a person or area if previously monitored.
  • Lowest Detectable Limit: states the .lowest value that can be quantitatively detected for the given vapor and instrument sensitivity
Definitions:

OSA Overall System Accuracy This measure value must be +-25% or less.

ND stands for None Detected.  In other words, the concentration was so low that the instrument could not resolve a meaningful value.

PEL The permissible exposure limit (PEL) is a maximum legal limit in the United States for exposure of an employee to a chemical substance. The regulation is usually expressed in parts per million (ppm). 

A PEL can be expressed as a time-weighted average (TWA), or a short-term exposure limit (STEL). The definitions for both are below.

TWA  (Time-Weighted-Average) A TWA is the average exposure over a specified period of time, usually a nominal eight hours

STEL  (Short Term Exposure Level of 15 min ) it is the average exposure over a 15 minute time period.

 

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