Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have many sources, such as oil and water repellents, and are used in items such as clothing, upholstery, non-stick cookware, and fire-fighting foams. They are found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. PFAS do not degrade easily and can cause adverse health effects. In this webinar, we will discuss the sampling and analytical considerations to be taken into account when planning a PFAS sampling program and present our innovative analytical solution.
At present, legislators and laboratories focus on only about 50 target compounds, leading to the underestimation of actual PFAS concentrations in a sample. In this webinar, we will present our innovative analytical solution, which is based on new and existing techniques that ensure that the presence of target PFOA/PFOS is identified and quantified. This solution will provide our clients with a more complete picture regarding the presence of PFAS in the majority of the estimated 4000 to 6000 compounds.
PFAS were developed by major chemical corporations and, since the 1940s, have been used in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, and textile manufacturing.
Close collaboration between field personnel and the laboratory performing the analysis is necessary to ensure that the possibility of cross-contamination is reduced, and the integrity of samples is maintained. SGS offers PFAS analysis in Germany, the Nordics, Benelux, and Bulgaria, with Antwerp positioned as our European Center of Excellence. Our laboratories cover a wide variety of different matrices such as wastewater, stormwater, process water, surface water, stack emission, ambient air, indoor air, solid waste, and animal and human tissues. Our strengths are our one-stop-shop approach for sampling and testing and our advanced analytical capabilities.
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