Safely Submit Samples
At Eurofins | Focus we constantly strive to deliver speed and quality analysis while keeping costs as low as possible for our valued clients.
Safe Sample Collection
As asbestos is a known hazardous material, please ensure appropriate personal protective equipment and suitable respiratory protective equipment is worn when collecting materials for testing.
In general, our laboratories need approximately a couple of square inches of hard material or a couple of teaspoons of loose material. For accurate analysis we require at least two tablespoons of vermiculite or decorative plaster coating.
We will only process samples that are double-bagged to safeguard our team. Please place samples into a zip-locked bag, then place that bag into a second zip-locked bag. Then place all sample bags in a larger bag or parcel along with the completed Chain of Custody Sheet. Torn bags or bags that cannot be completely sealed will not be accepted
Chain of Custody Form
All clients must complete a Chain of Custody Sheet with the details of where and when the sample was obtained. The Chain of Custody Sheet is your instruction to our laboratories and forms part of our ISO/IEC17025 accreditation. This must include all necessary information to enable us to identify and track your sample within our laboratories and return our E-Certificates to you quickly and accurately.
Samples must have a uniquely identifying ‘Order/Sample Number’ so that there is no confusion in the booking-in, analysing, reporting and invoicing processes.
If your Chain of Custody Sheet is incomplete it may lead to a delay in processing. We cannot book in the job and pass to the appropriate laboratory with incomplete information.
Safely handover to our team.
All samples submitted must be in double-bags with no breaks or oozing content. Any bags received that may put our staff at risk will not be processed.
Our team are required to communicate with clients if attention is required to reduce risk.
Samples booked into Air, Bulk or Soil Laboratories
When samples are safely received, the uniquely identifying information is logged into our computerised Alpha Tracker LIMs software and scheduled for analysis by the appropriate laboratory.
The Laboratory Coordinator will assess the run sheet for all jobs booked in each day and prioritise urgent samples.
All laboratory analysis forms and E-Certificates are quality checked at the end of each day and emailed to clients.