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Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/20/2005
Author Joe Frasca, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Title LA Testing, Inc. Acquires Health Science Associates (H.S.A.) Laboratory
Introduction 2nd LA Testing Lab Now Open in Los Alamitos, CA.

Los Alamitos, CA - May 20, 2005EMSL Analytical, Inc., also doing business as LA Testing, has acquired the Laboratory division of Health Science Associates (H.S.A.) of Los Alamitos, CA. The acquisition includes a complete transfer of all lab equipment, instruments, supplies, lab facilities, accreditations / certifications and key laboratory personnel. The lab will operate in accordance with EMSL’s company policies, procedures, Standard Operation procedures, and Quality Assurance Programs building on H.S.A.’s already established reputation for "Quality Analysis". The lab will be positioned by EMSL to increase and improve its capabilities for the following key lab services:

  • Organics (tubes/summa cans)
  • Inorganics – Acids
  • Metals
  • Dust Characterization
  • Fixed Gas Analysis
  • Microbiology (Fungi/Bacteria)
  • Asbestos (PCM, PLM, TEM)
  • Lead (Air, wipes, chips, soil, water)
  • XRD Silica Analysis
  • Formaldehyde
  • Particle Identification
  • Microbiology (culturable and non-viable analyses)

This business transaction has been both amicable and mutually advantageous to both companies. "This acquisition was strategic for EMSL Analytical, Inc., whose business development plans included expansion of our IH Services on the West Coast," states Robert DeMalo, MS, Vice President of Laboratory Services for EMSL Analytical, Inc.

"The addition of this second LA Testing Lab location in Southern California will certainly strengthen, expand, and augment the level of service to EMSL's already existing client base here and the entire West Coast," added Joe Frasca, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMSL.

The Los Alamitos laboratory is a fully AIHA Accredited laboratory which currently provides Industrial Hygiene, Microbiology, Lead, and Asbestos Lab Services. Its current location is 10771 Noel Street, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. EMSL has already started looking for a new facility location to accommodate anticipated growth and expansion of services requiring additional lab space. Plans for transfer to a new larger facility is expected within 3 to 6 months. The Operation will be managed by Ms. Jaime Steedman-Lyde, CIH, who has Lab Director Experience with H.S.A. as well as with EMSL, and will greatly enhance this transition for the employees, companies, and current clients.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc. and LA Testing

The laboratories currently service 10,000 clients internationally. Those clients include IAQ professionals, environmental consultants, abatement firms, restoration firms, environmental engineers, industrial hygienists, construction firms, engineering firms, remediation firms, contractors, mortgage companies, home inspectors, building inspection firms, carpet cleaners, duct cleaners, home owners, home builders, HVAC contractors, roofing companies, health and safety professionals, hospitals, doctors, manufacturing firms, management firms, real estate firms, landlords, mortgage companies, attorneys, testing firms, laboratories, schools, universities, forensic consultants, health departments, fortune 500 firms, and state, local and federal government agencies.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. currently operates 24 laboratories throughout the nation with full analytical services, including environmental microbiology (mold, bacteria, Legionella, Coliforms, indoor allergens, mycotoxins, endotoxins), DNA based polymerase chain reaction (PCR), asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, environmental chemistry, materials, forensic, failure, and mechanical testing. In addition to laboratory services, the firm provides mold management seminars, free IAQ seminars, and free sampling workshops at locations throughout the country.

EMSL Analytical currently holds accreditations with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), including the AIHA Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP), the AIHA Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELLAP), the AIHA Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (IHLAP), the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), the New York Department of Health (NYDOH), TX DOH, CA E-LAP, and various other state, federal, and private accrediting bodies. The labs are also successful participants in AIHA's Proficiency Analytical Testing (PAT), Environmental Lead Proficiency Analytical Testing (ELPAT), and the Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) programs. EMSL maintains a rigorous in-house QA/QC program to ensure our clients are receiving the most accurate and legally defensible results possible.

For further information, contact us at 1-800-220-3675 or for a complete list of offices, accreditations, and capabilities please visit EMSL’s website at www.emsl.com.