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To build on our expertise EST has pursued many educational and accreditation opportunities for the laboratory and our staff. Since 2005, we have been an ISO 17025 Certified Laboratory, originally through AIHA-LAP, LLC Accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory and most recently through the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invited us to participate in the pilot ELITE Program (Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation Program) and deemed us a proficient Legionella laboratory in 2010 and we remain proficient to this day. We are also recognized as an American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) employer of council certified personnel.
CDC ELITE Legionella Certification
The CDC has provided laboratories the opportunity to test their Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples through the Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation Program (ELITE). Participating labs receive a panel of lyophilized test samples twice each year from the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
AIHA-LAP, llc ISO 17025 Certification
AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs (AIHA-LAP, LLC) is a group of laboratory accreditation programs. The primary mission of AIHA-LAP, LLC is to establish high standards of performance for laboratories that promote the production of quality data for use in evaluating exposures that impact public health, the environment and natural resources.
ANAB/ANSI ISO 17025 Certification
The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is a non-governmental organization that provides accreditation services and training to public- and private-sector organizations, serving the global marketplace. ANAB is the largest accreditation body in North America and provides services in more than 75 countries.
NYDOH (elap) Legionella Certification
The New York Department of Health established criteria for the certification of laboratories to process Legionella sample in compliance with regulations in the state of New York. The Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) of the Wadsworth Center was established in 1984, under Section 502 of the Public Health Law and is responsible for the certification of laboratories performing environmental analyses on samples originating from New York State, thus ensuring the accuracy and reliability of these analyses.
Our accreditations extend beyond the company to our employees. EST employees are active members of the following organizations and serve on special committees and boards: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP, LLC), Association of Water Technologies (AWT), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers (KSHE), American Hospital Association (AHA), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), American Indoor Air Quality Council, Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and American Society of Microbiology (ASM).
EST STAFF HOLD THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATIONS
- Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
- Through the American Council Governing Industrial Hygiene (ACGIH)
- Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC)
- Through the American Hospital Association (AHA)
- Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC)
- Through the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
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