Enrich your team’s knowledge/skill base to meet your goals with
SGS’s free technical seminars.

SGS provides clients ongoing training to share expertise and best practices in analytical chemistry. Through our Technical Seminar Program, you receive custom workshops to suit and accommodate your team’s schedule and your project needs.

Topics are diverse, including maximizing your interactions with SGS, data analysis/management, QC and current environmental issues such as PFAS and COVID-19.

Explore our seminars categories: Conventional Lab Services, Specialty Analysis, Technology & Innovation and Industrial Hygiene Services


Whether you are a new client to SGS or have new staff, this presentation sets the groundwork to build a successful, mutually beneficial relationship with our laboratory. In this presentation:

  • SGS technical capabilities and services are reviewed
  • SGS project and technical managers are introduced
  • SGS laboratory and service center locations are introduced with an in-depth look at sample reception times, pickup/delivery options, rush order capabilities and procedures for sample reception
  • Laboratory documents and data deliverables are reviewed including Chain-of-Custody forms (COCs), reports, online tools (SGS LabLink) and Electronic Deliverables on Demand (EDDs)
  • Field staff are provided with technical guides on bottle and filtering

By the conclusion of this session, your team will be equipped with the relevant information it requires to ensure that your next project runs smoothly.

Quality control is crucial in ensuring both the reliability and accuracy of test results to provide the best possible data. This session reviews the impact that laboratory quality has on a sample. Laboratory Quality Management Systems, quality assurance and quality control processes are identified and defined. It is important for all stakeholders to understand the influence that sample integrity has on data quality as it is an important part of the quality assurance process. All influences on sample integrity are reviewed and tips are provided on how to avoid sample integrity violations at each stage of the sample lifecycle including:

  • Sample collection (including considerations for sediment, bottles, filtration, preservation)
  • Good documentation practices
  • Storage
  • Packaging shipping/logistics

This technical seminar explores
the influence of sediment on PAH determination in groundwater samples. It takes a look at PAH chemistry and
O.Reg 153 regulatory requirements while reviewing the effect of
sampling techniques on PAH and PHC concentrations.

In support of radioisotope investigation projects, this technical seminar provides a deeper understanding into this distinct category of environmental analytical chemistry. SGS radiochemistry services are explored in detail including:

  • Analytical preparation procedures and methods
  • Radioactive decay
  • Instrumentation
  • Accreditation
  • Reporting
  • Sampling/field and logistical
  • What to consider for your next project

This seminar is designed for junior technicians as an introduction to laboratory services. Laboratory responsibilities and capabilities are reviewed in addition to the following sampling program design considerations:

  • Collecting representative samples
  • Preservation techniques
  • Bottle requirements
  • Filtration
  • Regulatory requirements (O.Reg 153, Reg 406/19, PWQO, Drinking Water and MISA)
  • QC samples

Many SGS laboratories have Reduced Sample Volume requirements for key suites of analysis. This presentation reviews:

  • SGS RSV capabilities
  • RSV techniques including Large Volume Injection (LVI) and Micro-Extractions
  • Bottle requirements
  • Detection limits
  • Certifications
  • Key Benefits
  • What to consider for your next project

Understanding the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act is essential in providing our communities clean and safe consumable water. This presentation reviews drinking water regulations, roles and responsibilities, regulatory forms, notice of adverse results and how to review drinking water laboratory data.

On December 4, 2019, the Ontario Government released a new environmental regulation; O. Reg. 406/19: On-Site and Excess Soil Management. The first phase of this regulation came into effect on January 1, 2021. This seminar reviews the technical and analytical requirements of the regulation as well as provides participants:

  • An overview of the various tables in the regulation
  • In-depth review of the acceptable leachate extraction methods and the notable differences between each method
  • Sample storage, hold times and samples volumes required for the analysis
  • Laboratory reporting limits in comparison to new guideline standards
  • Tips and suggestions for filling out the O. Reg. 406/19 section of the Chain of Custody document

Vapor intrusion sample durations are relatively short compared with exposure durations used to calculate risk-based regulations. This study provides insight on ideal sample conditions by utilizing cost- effective ITS parameters including:

  • Continuous monitoring of total VOCs
  • Continuous monitoring of pressure
  • Continuous monitoring of temperature
  • Continuous monitoring of humidity
  • Remote SUMMA canister sampling


Are you new to PFAS? We introduce you to this emerging contaminant that has been the focus of much attention. In this presentation, we will discuss the use, occurrence, health effects, analysis and regulation of PFAS.

Understanding the methods behind PFAS analysis is important when considering the analytical requirements for impacted sites. During this presentation, our PFAS experts share their experience and knowledge regarding the sensitivity behind the methods and analysis, minimizing background interference through sample rep and instrumentation, PFAS forensics (isomer review), lab methods vs lab SOPs, and what to look for in QC sample review. The goal of this presentation is to arm your team with the right questions to ask when preparing your next PFAS project.

SGS has been studying and analyzing PFAS in the environment since 2004 and has partnered with the EPA and Environment Canada to conduct numerous studies on these forever chemicals. This presentation is best suited for intermediate and senior project managers and reviews the following:

  • Emerging contaminants capabilities at SGS
  • Sample preparation
  • Instrumentation
  • What is isotope dilution?
  • What is weak anion exchange?
  • Understanding multiple transitions per analyte
  • Linear vs branched isomers and PFAS forensics
  • Lab research study results and considerations when partnering with a lab and starting your next PFAS project:
    • Sampling containers
    • PFAS stability
    • Subsampling aqueous samples

Information on the science and regulation of PFAS changes on a weekly basis. Dr. Bharat Chandramouli’s presentation, will discuss the current state of PFAS occurrence, measurement and regulation, and new advances in PFAS methods and analysis at SGS and across the world.

Understanding how to measure and interpret PFAS data can be difficult. In this webinar, the experienced scientists behind EPA 1633 will discuss PFAS measurement, best practices, what’s next and help you out your data in context.

What PFAS are most frequently detected in water? In landfill leachate? In Fish? We bring our 15+ years of experience in PFAS measurement to help you understand PFAS occurrence.

Polychlorinated biphenyls have been with us for a long time. And as our regulation needs evolve, so have the variety of methods and reporting options for PCBs. Join the authors of EPA methods 1668 and 1628 for PCBs as they take you through a tour of the various PCB reporting options, methods and their pros and cons.

GC-MS/MS methods are the most exciting new method development on persistent organic pollutants in decades. They offer the promise of more sensitivity, modern instrumentation and better performance. Join the authors of the EPA approved SGS AXYS Method 16130 for the measurement of dioxins by GC-MS/MS for an overview of these methods and how they stack up against existing reference approaches.

As we grapple with the PFAS issue, there are so many other emerging contaminants that have been detected in the environment. Join us as we discuss new contaminants of emerging concern such as chlorinated paraffins, 6-PPD quinone and more.

At the turn of this year, compounds such as 6-PPD and 6- PPDQ were determined to be causing fish kills on the west coast. 6- PPD is an additive in preserving rubber tires from breaking down and disintegrating. The tire manufacturers have used 6-PPD for many, many years. 6-PPD converts to more toxic compounds known as 6-PPDQ and its isomers upon interacting with the heat from the roads and the ozone present in the atmosphere. As such, researchers have shown that 6-PPDQ is the most toxic compound which is fatal to fish. SGS has developed methods to analyze 6-PPD and 6-PPDQ isomers.

The objective of this presentation is to provide an understanding where PFAS originates in waste through a deep look at the processes and operations around wastewater, stack emissions and landfill. During this course we review:

  • Remediation and treatment
  • Disposal, landfill and incineration
  • Study Results: PFAS in landfill study and leachate impacts
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Biosolids
  • Regulations
  • Industry trends and looking into the future
  • Linear vs branched isomers and PFAS forensics

Drinking water is typically the largest single source of human PFAS exposure. In this presentation, we outline the current state of regulation and action levels in North America and discuss recent EPA method updates for the analysis of PFAS in drinking water.

This new evaluation focuses on sampling and analysis of PFAS in air. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a diverse group of chemicals that were widely used because of their unique chemical properties. Based on theoretical Henry’s Law Constants and Vapor Pressures there are volatile, semi-volatile, and nonvolatile PFAS compounds. PFAS can be found in air due to volatility or sorption to other particles in air.

  • PUF/XAD samplers
  • SUMMA canisters
  • Thermal desorption tube samplers
  • LC/MS/MS analysis
  • TD/GC/MS/MS analysis

While our understanding of PFAS in the water and soil compartments is relatively well established, PFAS air emissions from factories, wastewater treatment plants, landfills, incinerators and more are a significant source of PFAS into the environment. In this presentation, we investigate the regulatory drivers and SGS advances in PFAS sampling and analysis in ambient air and from industrial/incinerator stacks.

SGS AXYS is pleased to offer Method 1633 (SGS AXYS MLA-110) routinely for analysis of all samples.

In order to assess PFAS at sites, one would need to consider several possibilities during the evaluation of PFAS present. Do you perform the standard analysis or do you add TOP assays or NTA? The limited number of analytes listed in methodologies renders it difficult to assess what is needed hence help is required in tailoring the analytical scheme using experts from SGS.

PFAS are not just an issue in water and soil. Volatile and semi- volatile PFAS can be found at high concentrations in soil gas, in children’s bedrooms and more. We will discuss this emerging issue of PFAS in air, talk about EPA methods in use and in development and what’s next on the horizon.

PFAS in waste streams are a complex problem due to their persistence. Join as we discuss occurrence, measurement, transformation and regulation of PFAS in wastewater, biosolids and leachates.

Our wastewater is a complex soup of contaminants, both regulated and emerging. In this presentation, we discuss the state of the science on persistent organic pollutants and emerging contaminants in wastewater, new methods and new pollutants on the horizon such as pharmaceutical and personal care products, flame retardants and chlorinated paraffins.



In this presentation, we will present the NextNormal solutions to help with you IH analytical needs and review the technology behind it.

To qualify for LEED Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) Credit, building owners must meet a set of criteria, including a comprehensive list of specific VOCs that need to be quantified.
SGS Galson is your one-stop shop for everything you need to implement your LEED IEQ management plan. No one else can provide media, equipment, and analysis, and no one does it better.
Our LEED v4.0 and v4.1 Indoor Air Quality Testing Kits are designed for:

  • Re-use through multiple building zones to prevent renting duplicate instruments, reducing cost
  • Gain 1 LEED credit with v4.0 and 2 credits with v4.1

SmartSense tracking: Technology is advancing at tremendous rates. In this presentation, we’ll look at the possibilities for contact tracing, real-time exposures using sensor technology, and the endless possibilities to gather safety data at a site.

Managing large volumes of data can pose a significant challenge. SGS LabLink is a real time, online portal which can be utilized to access project and site data easily and conveniently. Through this seminar, SGS demonstrates not only how to access your laboratory data online, but key time-saving capabilities such as:

  • Automated sample receipt confirmations
  • Comparing results to multiple regulatory limits
  • Complete project status information
  • Online Chain-of-Custody documents
  • Access to quality control data including chromatograms, spectra and other raw data
  • Historical data queries
  • Evaluating trends
  • Automated email reporting
  • Project financial summaries through historical billing and invoicing information
  • Electronic deliverables on demand

This presentation will demonstrate several case studies where continuous monitoring of indicators, tracers, and surrogates was conducted with new continuous monitoring and real time data visualization tools. These tools help build better conceptual site models, support a multiple lines of evidence investigation approach, and can help determine contributions from background sources.


Learn about our capabilities, services, and what makes us stand out.

Learn basics of industrial hygiene sampling, the equipment you use and how to collect samples.

During this presentation we’ll dive into the new OSHA silica standard and how it applies to different industries.

SGS now offers the air and water quality parameters data to help your clients get their buildings WELL-certified. This builds on our industry-leading LEED certification kits, and water and wastewater testing offering. WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings throughout North America and the world. At SGS, our long-standing AIHA ISO 17025 accreditation for air and Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (APHA, AWWA. WEF) qualifies us to perform a variety of analyses that are staples of WELL certification.

This presentation reviews our service offering, including industrial hygiene, indoor air quality as well as COVID-19 in the environment. During this seminar the following will be reviewed:

  • SARS/COVID transmission and the impact to human health and the environment
  • SGS COVID-19 recovery services including testing in air, wastewater and on surfaces, mobile lab capabilities, IH monitoring
  • Ability to monitor air for effectiveness of many of the air cleaning approaches such as increased MERV filtration using out particle sensors
  • SGS SmartSense – automated and remote sampling and monitoring

Seminar Requests

Contact us today to schedule one or more SGS Technical Seminars and empower your team with information that will make you more competitive and help you meet or exceed your goals.


SGS is the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification and certification company. With more than 96,000 employees, we operate a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.
Our full-service environmental laboratory services include:

  • Standard inorganic/organic analysis through emerging contaminants of concern and ultra-trace testing
  • Local service centers which offer sample login, sampling supplies and kit prep
  • SGS drivers logistically support on-site and office pickups/drop offs
  • Dedicated project management team
  • Customized reporting
  • SGS LabLink online client portal for test results and data trending
  • Emergency services