INTRODUCTION

The challenges of environmental and occupational health confronting business today are numerous and often complex.

Accurate sample analysis and resolution are essential in this environment of increased legislation an litigation. To help our clients, the Core Laboratories at the American University of Beirut, are equipped with the state-of-art instrumentation for the sampling, testing, and analysing of organic, inorganic, and bacteriological parameters in a wide range of matrices such as : (a) environmental (air, soil, & water); (b) biological (urine & blood); (c) food; and (d) drugs (for bioavailabilty & kinetics, et c.). The research assistants of the laboratories have extensive experience in handling and processing samples for different parameters. They are highly trained to help develop or choose the proper testing methods, develop special analytical methods for new or unknown compounds, and generate results in a reporting format that meets your needs.

With over 100 years of experience and a national reputation for high quality services it is not surprising that hundreds of organizations in the Middle East trust the laboratories of the American University of Beirut for their research and analytical nee ds.

LABORATORY SERVICES

Industrial Hygiene Analyses

The Core Laboratories at the American University of Beirut help clients select appropriate sampling methods, determine analytical requirements, and meet applicable standards. Analyses are conducted according to OSHA and NIOSH validated methods. Procedu res are tailored to satisfy OSHA regulations and client's internal monitoring requirements.

Environmental Analyses

Our Laboratory staff has extensive experience with the analysis of water (drinking & wastewater), soil, and hazardous waste samples. Services include comprehensive analyses for volatile organics, semi-volatiles, pesticides, herbicides, fuels, metals, and inorganics. Our staff can assist you in selecting analytical methods to meet USEPA Contract Laboratory Program Protocols. Our laboratories

Air Quality Analyses

Our Laboratories support air quality programs with stationary source emissions analyses and air quality analyses using EPA Toxic Organic methods and EPA Indoor Pollution methods. We use sensory and analytical techniques to support odor emissions sampling and ambient odor evaluations. Routine analyses include particulars, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, phenol, formaldehyde, organic solvents, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and metals.

Food and Drug Analyses

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Method Development and Validation

I there is no NIOSH or OSHA method for the chemical in question, we can assist with sampling and analysis method development and validation. We are the only one to offer method development as a routine service, which includes determination of sampling de vices, collection efficiency, recovery studies, storage stability, detection limits, precision, and accuracy.

THE OCCUPATIONAL BIOHAZARD LABORATORY

This laboratory is located in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut provides:

  1. Industrial Hygiene Services

    People are a vital asset of your organization, and managing their health and safety is important to the future of your business. The faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut can help you with employee health and safety issues through:

    • Specialized or general industrial hygiene surveys
    • Noise dosimetry and sound level surveys
    • Air sampling and analysis
    • Regulatory compliance audits
    • Employee training
    • Program development (e.g. hazard communication, hearing conversation, confined space entry, and respiratory protection)
    • Material safety data sheet preparation and review
    • Laboratory chemical hygiene plans
    • Health and safety plans for hazardous waste site cleanup
    • Litigation support and expert testimony
  2. Indoor Air Quality Services

    Indoor air quality (IAQ) in buildings is well-recorganized as a source of employee discomfort and health disorders such as sick-building syndrome and building-related illness. The Occupational Biohazard Laboratory's services to help you with IAQ problems include:

    • IAQ building evaluations to identify sources or indoor air contaminants
    • Sampling and analysis of air contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC's)
    • Sampling and analysis of microorganisms or microbial contaminants
    • Providing specific recommendations for improving indoor air quality
    • Developing on-going proactive IAQ programs

THE ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER (EERC)

This center is located in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) at the American University of Beirut. It is equipped with a Mobile Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System and a Landfill and Toxic Gas Monitoring System.

To help make decisions which balance environmental liabilities and risk management costs, you need a skillful interpretation of accurate technical information. The EERC offers the following services to help you manage your environmental concerns:

  • Regulatory compliance audits
  • Environmental Assessments (Phase I, II, and III)
  • Hazardous waste management including minimization programs
  • Public health risk assessments
  • Subsurface investigations
    • Soil and water sampling
    • Groundwater monitoring, well design and installation
    • Geophysical investigations
    • Subsurface water computer modeling
  • Water quality studies
    • Water quality permitting and compliance including stormwater
    • Surface water computer modelling
  • Wetland investigations
  • Underground storage tank management
    • Risk evaluation
    • Tightness testing
    • Tank closure
    • Subsurface investigation and remedial action
    • Regulatory liaison
  • Remedial investigation/feasibility studies (RI/FS), including regulatory liaison
  • Remediation program design and management
  • Air quality evaluations
    • Source testing of air contaminants
    • Ambient monitoring
    • Dispersion modeling to evaluate emission sources
    • Feasibility analysis of air pollution control options
    • Odor sampling and analysis
    • Permitting and regulatory liaison
    • Litigation support and expert testimony

Our environment engineering staff have advanced degrees in engineering, hydrogeology, and related fields as well as professional designations including P.E.. P. Eng., D.E.E..

THE CORE ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

This laboratory is located in the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Building at the American University of Beirut. It provides accurate analysis for :

  • Environmental samples, such as water, soil, and hazardous waste according to EPA methods and procedures for volatile organics, semi-volatiles, pesticides, herbicides, fuels, metals, and inorganics
  • Biological samples: organic and inorganic testing of blood, urine, and human tissues
  • Food samples: toxins in food stuff
  • Drug samples according to approved FDA method assessment of drugs contents, bioavailability studies, and quality of drugs
  • Method Development and validation

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