Buffalo, NY, October 17th, 2016
Recently, New York State and New York City announced new regulations for registering cooling towers and monitoring them for Legionella
contamination. Within the ruling, New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NYSDOH ELAP) now mandates that all laboratories providing Legionella
analysis for facilities in New York State must pass their certification program. This is a separate from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Legionella
Isolation Techniques Evaluation (CDC ELITE) Program. EMSL Analytical, Inc.’s Buffalo laboratory has received its interim NYSDOH ELAP certification for Legionella
testing in the state of New York. EMSL earned three additional NYSDOH ELAP interim certifications for Legionella
testing in Carle Place, NY, New York City, NY and Cinnaminson, NJ.
“As a leading Legionella
testing laboratory, EMSL continues to work towards securing the certification necessary to provide quality analysis in the state of New York,” said Diane Miskowski, MPH, National Legionella
Program Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Since requirements for the amount of time between sampling and testing for Legionella
may vary, EMSL has worked hard to attain NYSDOH ELAP certification in convenient locations for clients resulting in three accredited laboratories in New York and one in New Jersey. In addition, our network has 15 CDC ELITE proficient locations, so we are equipped to handle large testing requests resulting from outbreaks.”
EMSL can also perform sequenced-based typing, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and whole genome sequencing for Legionella
outbreak source identification. To learn how the NYSDOH ELAP Legionella
and the CDC ELITE lab programs differentiate, or the contrast between culture and molecular testing, please contact EMSL’s Diane Miskowski at (800) 220-3675 extension 2528.
EMSL has recently made a Legionella
Pocket Guide that provides important information on the bacteria and the different sampling techniques associated with it. To request a free copy of this guide, please click here.
For more information on our Legionella
testing capabilities, please visit www.LegionellaTesting.com
. For a complete list of EMSL’s locations, capabilities and accreditations, please visit www.EMSL.com
. To learn more about our testing services, please email info@EMSL.com
or call 1-800-220-3675.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.