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New York Certification for Legionella Testing in Potable and Non Potable Water Samples

water analysisNY State regulations require all Legionella culture analyses to be performed by a laboratory that is approved to perform such analyses by the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP). SanAir Technologies Laboratory is proud to announce that our laboratory has received our ELAP certification for Legionella testing in New York State.

What Are Air Cassettes, And How Are They Used For Air Sampling?

air o cell sampling cassettes and bio pumpIn many industries, such as pharmaceuticals, mining, and construction, air samples are important for analyzing the concentration of dust and other hazardous particles that can be detrimental to both business operations and employees. Air cassettes can be used to assess the risk of these dangers. These small devices allow users to collect a representative sample of air particles in a specific environment that help identify that an area is conducive for working and business operations.

In this post, we explore what air cassettes are and how they are utilized for air sampling.

What is Legionella Analysis?

Before discussing Legionella analysis, let’s take a brief look at and understand Legionella.

What is Legionella?

bacterium Legionella pneumophilaLegionella is a pathogenic group of bacteria that is rod-shaped and gram-negative. It causes legionellosis; a group of deadly illnesses consisting primarily of Legionnaire’s Disease which is a more lethal form of pneumonia and other minor diseases like Lochgoilhead fever and Pontiac fever. Pontiac fever is a mild influenza-like illness, whereas Lochgoilhead fever is a mild form of lung infection.

Sources of Legionella

The bacterium Legionella is present in natural sources of water like ponds and rivers. However, most people don’t catch the bacteria from these sources as the conditions aren’t right. The bacteria actually grows in man-made water systems like swimming pools, cooling towers, ice-making machines, hot springs, whirlpool spas, industrial coolants, soil, washer fluids, fountains, dental equipment, showers, cooling cabinets, condensers, and domestic water systems. The bacteria can also travel through the air, covering a distance of up to 6 kilometers.

What is Viable Air Sampling?

Many industries such as biotechnology, medical device manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical disposables, and hospital pharmacies carry out air sampling in their rooms and production areas. Air sampling refers to collecting a volume of air to inspect it for undesirable particles and contaminants.

Can The Entomopathogenic Fungus Be Used For Effective Pest Control?

flyTo answer that, first we must explain what an entomopathogenic fungus is. Although, it is a fungus, its quality differentiates it from other fungi. Entomopathogenic fungus is a parasite, most known for killing or seriously disabling invertebrates. In short, it’s a form of insecticide that Mother Nature herself provides.

How Does This Work?

Usually, this dangerous fungus attaches itself to the outer body of the invertebrate in question, taking the form of microscopic spores. These spores will then germinate, but this will only happen if the conditions are right. That means that extremely high temperature and humidity is necessary to provide ideal growing conditions for any fungus.

After the germination period, spores go through their life-cycle. That eventually leads the germinated hyphae inside the insect’s body cavity. A proliferation process starts inside the host body, where the fungal cells attack and damage the entire working mechanism of the insect.