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

Knowledge is power and SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, wants to share our expertise with you at no cost. We offer you and all our clients ongoing best practices training in environmental sampling and analysis issues to give you the tools to meet your clients’ needs and meet your goals. These seminars are offered in-person, or as online webinars. 

Topics are diverse, including maximizing your interactions with SGS, data analysis/management, QC and current environmental issues such as PFAS and COVID-19. Through our Technical Seminar Program, you receive valuable custom workshops to accommodate your team’s schedule and your project needs, and all programs are free.

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

CONVENTIONAL LABORATORY 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. This presentation includes:

  • 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

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
  • 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-
  • Bottle requirements
  • Detection limits
  • Certifications
  • Key Benefits
  • What to consider for your next

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

SPECIALTY ANALYSIS

This seminar introduces per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and provides background on the challenges behind the chemistry of the compounds as well as the history and use across North America. Our experts in emerging contaminants share their experience and provide information on regulations, methods as well as what to consider for your next PFAS project including sampling considerations.

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.

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.

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 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

PFAS is often a key requirement on due diligence projects in many areas of the country. This seminar helps provide a full understanding of how to handle PFAS on these types of projects and reviews:

  • PFAS Chemistry 101 and history
  • EPA health advisory limits and action plans
  • Sources of PFAS and due diligence projects
  • Why is understanding PFAS impacts on sites slated for redevelopment important?
  • Methods
  • Field considerations (drillers, sampling devices, equipment, cleaning and QC samples)
  • Industry trends and looking into the future

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

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.

TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

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

Presented by Erik Malmstrom from SafeTraces, this presentation details the new innovative technology that uses DNA markers in aerosols to identify air movement and concentration through a space, mimicking coughs, sneezes, or people talking.

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

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE SERVICES

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.

This presentation reviews our service offering, including surface decontamination, 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
  • SGS cleanliness verification and validation
  • Interpreting data: interreferences and false negatives
  • 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.

WHY SGS?

SGS is the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification and certification company. With more than 89,000 employees, we operate a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. Our Environment, Health and Safety team has extensive knowledge and experience applying analytical chemistry methods to environmental monitoring solutions. These include methods approved for federal and state environmental regulatory programs and in-house methods developed for clients’ unique analytical needs. This expertise, combined with a quality assurance system meeting national and international standards, enables SGS to consistently produce and document quality data.