Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services

Have a sample you need to test and live in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, or anywhere else in Souther California? Using the latest technologies and superb lab technicians, Kapak's environmental laboratories are capable of testing for allergens, asbestos, bacteria, indoor air quality, lead, mold, odors, pollen and more.

PLM Laboratory

Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) is the preferred method used to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos in bulk building materials. Positive identification of asbestos requires the determination of the optical properties of suspect fibers, which match the characteristic properties of the six regulated asbestos types.  Quantification of asbestos content is routinely accomplished by visual estimation.

Kapak's laboratory performs analysis on various bulk samples including bulk building materials following EPA published methods, semi-quantitative analysis by gravimetric and point count methods, analysis of soil samples according to the California Air Resources Board 435 published method, and qualitative analysis of soils, dust and debris.

Kapak’s PLM Bulk Asbestos laboratory is held to high quality control and assurance standards in compliance to ISO 17025 and is certified by the National Voluntary laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP ID 200358-0).  This laboratory is under on-going internal site reviews and proficiency testing to ensure that all processes of the laboratory are precise, accurate and controlled.

PCM Laboratory

PCM laboratory performs analysis in compliance with NIOSH 7400 Method on clearance, personal and ambient air samples for the determination of fiber count in the air before, during and after asbestos removal.  This analytical exam is used to compare the preparation and analysis techniques of participating industrial hygiene laboratories nationwide.  Our laboratory consistently performs with excellent scores, often at or near reference values for every analyst.

Kapak highly experienced and extensively trained staff, ensures reliable and accurate results that are delivered according to the specified turnaround time.

NIOSH 7400-A. Airborne Fiber Count by Phase Contrast Microscopy Rotometer Calibration using a regularly calibrated Gillibrator

Lead Lab Services

Kapak operates a full service laboratory for the inorganic chemistry of hazardous lead.  With this experience, our clients can be confident that their analytical results and laboratory reports will always be reliable.  Our skilled analysts and technicians combine short turnaround responses with precise, comprehensive reports in a cost-effective manner.

The Highest Standard

Our laboratory upholds strict standards for its quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) programs.  Our training program for analysts is rigorous and trainees must be able to pass ….

  • Lead by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAAS)
    • Air
    • Soil/Sludges/Sediments
    • Paint
    • Dust
    • Waste/Non Potable Water
    • Misc. Solids
  • Profiling for Lead Waste Disposal
    • TTLC Total Threshold Limit Concentration
    • STLC Soluble Threshold Limit Concentration, CCR Ch. 11 Article 5, Appendix II
    • TCLP Toxicity Characteristic Leachate Procedure

Mold Lab Services

Kapak’s microbiology laboratory analyzes samples to determine the presence mold.  Our department staff is comprised of highly experienced biologists. The laboratory uses state-of-the-art techniques and equipment and has the capability to perform high volume testing that is reliable and accurate.

Services

  • Direct Examination to Genus or Class Taxonomic Level
    • Spore Traps
    • Tape Lifts
    • Swabs
    • Bulk Materials
  • Analysis includes:
    Debris, pollen and misc. hyphal fragment quantification.

  • Viable Analysis to Genus Taxonomic Level
    • Air Samples
    • Swabs
    • Bulk Materials

Bacteria Lab Services

  • Qualitative Analysis for presence of Fecal Coliform and Total Coliforms( Colilert/Colisure)
  • ATP Tests
    • Surfaces
    • High Sensitivity ATP/Allergen Prevention
    • Water
  • Indicator Organisms
    • Total Viable Count
    • Listeria species
    • Enterobacteriaceae
    • Coliform
    • E. coli