The Environmental Research Centre, in its two headquarters in Padua and Pavia, provides consultancy in the assessment and management of risks through industrial hygiene surveys that involve the sampling and measurement of chemical, physical and biological agents in living and working environments, emissions, inputs, water, soil. Biological samples can be analyzed, for the measurement of biological indicators of exposure and/or for industrial toxicology studies. Samplings are carried out with the necessary techniques and matrices on a case-by-case basis.
In particular, the laboratories of the two sites of the Centre have acquired many years of specific experience in the field of environmental and biological monitoring of occupational exposure, indoor and outdoor, to chemical agents, organic and inorganic (such as aromatic and aliphatic solvents, anaesthetic gases, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, ozone and nitrogen dioxide, etc.).
The Environmental Research Centre is also able to offer services to customers on other industrial hygiene issues such as physical risks, monitoring of microorganisms, assessment of exposure to chemotherapy, as well as the development of analytical methods on specific requests or for pharmacokinetic studies.
The Laboratories of Padua and Pavia regularly
carry out analytical activities on behalf of third parties.
The radiello division produces and supplies the sampling device, guaranteeing to customers the necessary technical and scientific support for the proper use according to the objectives sought. The Centre constantly carries out studies regarding the application of sampling techniques, with particular attention to those based on gaseous diffusion, according to the evolution of toxicological knowledge and the updating of environmental regulations.
Users of radiello can contact our laboratories to request the analysis of samples. The complete list of laboratory analyses for radiello is provided on the Product List page. Any requests for information can be sent through the interactive form on the site (insert link to the form). In order to satisfy the particular needs of the customer, it is advisable to agree in advance with the laboratory on the methods and times of delivery of the samples.
To simplify the transmission of the data necessary for the analysis and processing of results, the customer will be provided with a standardized Excel spreadsheet. Sampling data and subsequent sample information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre’s laboratories systematically perform internal quality controls, which vary depending on the nature of the method. Internal quality controls include the following:
the use of certified materials or certified solutions, where available, for the preparation of calibration curves
the inclusion of control standards, at an intermediate level, in each sequence of instrumental analyses
the application, where appropriate, of the known addition method, for the construction of the calibration curve on real matrices, using certified materials or certified solutions or pure standards
the use, where appropriate, of the internal standard for quantification
the systematic execution of the autotune at each switch-on or change of operating conditions of the mass spectrometer (ICP-MS or GC-MS)
systematic control of the blank or unexposed samples
the conservation of calibration data and the systematic comparison with those obtained from previous calibrations
The Centre’s laboratories also carry out
external quality controls by participating in inter-laboratory circuits
organised at national and international level, such as, for example, the PT AIR (Workplace air, Ambient air and
Emissions) Proficiency testing organised by LGC in collaboration with HSL
for the evaluation of BTEX or VOCs (1,1,1-trichloroethane, hexane, n-butyl
acetate, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene) on active carbon vials for
working environments, BTEX on Tenax vials for ambient air, or Cd, Cr, Co, Cu,
Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn and Cr VI on membrane filters for working environments.
To keep processes under control, the laboratory
uses dedicated management software.
The results of the laboratory analysis, in the
form of validated test reports, can be sent to the customer both in paper form
and in digital format, either by e-mail or by certified mail, either in single
or cumulative format, according to the agreements made with the customer.
All documentation is archived and stored,
guaranteeing the confidentiality of data and respect for privacy according to
the latest provisions and regulations in force.
Any problems that arise during the
pre-analytical and analytical phases are dealt with according to the ICS
Maugeri procedure for the management of non-conformities, coding and processing
defined by the Centre. The customer is always informed in cases of
unsuitability of the sample or failure to perform the analysis, when possible,
the customer is asked to repeat the sampling. In the event that the failure to
carry out the required analyses is to be attributed to the responsibility of
the laboratory, the willingness to repeat the requested determination free of
charge is ensured.
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