Sulfuric Acid Mist Sampling and Controlled Condensate (NCASI Method 8a) Testing

Criteria Pollutants and MACT related air toxics such as Mercury and HCl get a lot of attention in the field of air-quality analysis and emissions testing (stack testing), but other, less-known pollutants can and do cause issues for facilities. Sulfuric Acid Mist (H2SO4) is one such pollutant.

 

Sulfuric acid emissions

Sulfuric acid emissions have traditionally been measured using EPA Method 8. This method utilizes the principle of selective solvent absorption (SSA) and captures sulfur trioxide (SO3) and H2SO4 in an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution, and SO3 in a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. A drawback to this method, however, is that it was developed and originally promulgated to determine SO3/H2SO4 emissions from stationary sources in the absence of other particulate matter. The principal drawback is the absence of a filter to effectively remove PM and other pollutants prior to the capture of H2SO4 in IPA. This can lead to interference from a number of filterable particulates and other pollutants, such as ammonia, and may result in emissions reading much higher than expected, making it difficult to achieve compliance with the emissions standards.

 

NCASI Method 8a

NCASI Method 8a, originally Conditional Test Method (CTM)-013, was developed as an alternative to EPA Method 8, and uses a heated quartz filter for capturing particulates, thereby eliminating the potential for interference from particulate sulfate and other interference. For sources that are having trouble with obtaining low emissions of H2SO4, and particularly those that have been using ammonia-injection control technology, the use of this method can result in a significant reduction in reported emissions from the source, by removing these varying interferences.

The quartz filter is maintained at temperatures above 500 degrees F, allowing the gaseous SO3/H2SO4 to pass through and be selectively condensed in a temperature-controlled condenser. The condenser cools the flue gases below the dew point of the SO3/H2SO4, but above the dew point of water, eliminating the potential for interference from SO2. The method was developed and validated as an alternative for determining sulfuric acid emissions from combination boilers and recovery furnaces equipped with dry particulate control devices, and tested extensively on kraft recovery furnaces. It was specifically approved by the EPA for use on recovery furnaces in 1996.

 

Potential Issues

There are two potential issues with utilizing this method. The first is that it utilizes special equipment that not many testing firms have. The equipment costs several thousand dollars, which creates a large up-front cost to conducting tests using this method. The second is that the method is not specifically approved for any units other than recovery furnaces, and compliance tests performed by this method must be approved by state regulators on a case-by-case basis.

 

Call in the Professionals

ESS, an air-testing firm out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has the equipment and experience to conduct this test method for facilities that are currently or potentially regulated for H2SO4. ESS has requested and received variances from state regulators for use on biomass boilers, paper mills, and ceramic kilns for compliance-level testing. In all cases so far, the use of this alternative method has greatly improved the reported emissions of H2SO4, and helped our clients achieve compliance with the emissions standards their units are subject to.

If your facility is expected to be regulated for sulfuric acid mist, you need a testing partner that can achieve the best results. Give ESS a call today at  (910) 799-1055.

ESS Closing 2013 In a Strong Business Position

ESS Stays Busy in 2013As 2013 moves towards its close, Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues to complete projects domestically and abroad, finishing strong with one of the busiest years in the company’s 35 year history. ESS attributes this large workload both to increased demand for stack testing service, and to excellent service that has attracted and maintained a consistently growing base of dedicated clients. ESS strives first and foremost to provide quality service to their clients, with projects completed on time, within budget, and acceptable to both facility personnel and state and federal governing bodies. ESS offers expertise on current rulings as well as new and upcoming standards, and has the tools to assist facilities in achieving compliance with them.

ESS continues to conduct many projects related to the MACT standards, including the RICE NESHAP and Boiler MACT. ESS has partnered with PowerSecure and Governor Control Systems (GCS), for the refitting and testing of hundreds of stationary RICE Units in 2013, for demonstration of compliance with the RICE NESHAP, 40 CFR Subpart ZZZZ. In addition, ESS has been assisting many of their industrial clients with engineering testing for metals, particulate matter, HCl, and criteria gases as part of compliance strategies with the Boiler MACT standards. A large, challenging testing project on a Thermal Desorption Unit at the US Ecology of Texas site has rounded out the Fall and early Winter months for ESS USA operations.

Internationally, the ESS office established this year in Hanoi, Vietnam, is also completing projects for both new and repeat clients. In addition to the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD ) particulate study project, completed during the summer months, ESS Asia, located in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been obtaining new clients every month, often in partnership with Berkman Systems, one of the largest environmental consulting companies in the Philippines. ESS is in the midst of a commissioning project for Foster Wheeler at their Facility in Nghi Son, south of Hanoi. The project involves comprehensive air sampling, boiler tuning; steam-flow measurements; coal, fly, and bottom ash analysis; and other parameters. ESS has recently completed a number of other projects, including an ambient-air study at the location of the new Green building for the United Nations Development Programme in Hanoi, as well as a comprehensive emissions test series for Massan Mining. Both projects involved the measurement of Particulate and gaseous emissions, in the air and in exhaust emissions, and both are continuing projects, expected to involve retests and further analysis over the next few years.

Looking ahead to 2014 indicates a continuation of this trend. Through the acquisition of new clients and the retaining of current ones, ESS is already scheduling projects into late Quarter 1 of 2014, and anticipates more to come before the year closes out. ESS expects to continue to leverage their customer service, stack testing expertise, and project execution to satisfy its current and future client base in 2014, and on into the future.

To learn more about ESS and to inquire about air quality and environmental testing,  please visit the website at http://www.essknowsair.com or call (800) 245-3778.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Sales Manager
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: 910-799-1055
sales@essknowsair.com
http://www.essknowsair.com

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ESS Conducts H2 Gas Test at Coca-Cola Factory in Hanoi, Vietnam

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.October, 2013 – Hanoi, Vietnam – Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues growth in the Asian market with recent air emissions and ambient test programs for clients in Vietnam where ESS has a established an office. ESS most recently secured a contract to sample for hydrogen gas at the Coca-Cola factory in Hanoi.

The project was conducted in October 2013 and led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI. ESS sampled for H2 gas at multiple electric forklift charging stations and surrounding areas.

When lead acid batteries are being recharged they generate hydrogen gas that is explosive. During all lead acid battery charging processes H2 is produced. If certain charging equipment and/or batteries are not functioning properly, cells are damaged, or ventilation systems are inadequate, H2 generation can be significantly greater than the lower explosive limit (LEL).

Coca Cola Factory, VietnamDepending on the metal alloy composition in lead-acid batteries, a battery being charged can generate two highly-toxic byproducts in addition to H2. One is arsine (arsenic hydride, AsH3) and the other is stibine (antimony hydride, SbH3). Generally, the air levels of these metal hydrides tend to remain well below the current occupational exposure limits during battery charging operations. However, their possible presence re-enforces the need for adequate ventilation systems.

Many industrial plants in Vietnam utilize electric forklifts and other equipment powered by these types of batteries. ESS can refine the Facility Health and Safety Plan, develop a sampling/test protocol for industrial hygiene targets, and then execute the project to conduct all the required testing.

ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to completion on-time and on-budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting, and utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. ESS is qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal, accessible through the website, www.essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and air-quality testing services in Asia, the U.S., and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055, or visit www.essknowsair.com.

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ESS Completes Summer Projects Domestically and Internationally

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.The summer months are typically a slow season for stack testing, but for Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) the summer of 2013 has seen a larger workload, and more completed projects, than many summers before.

ESS attributes this large workload both to increased demand for stack testing service, and to excellent service that has attracted and maintained a consistently growing base of dedicated clients.

ESS strives first and foremost to provide quality service to their clients, with projects completed on time, within budget, and acceptable to both facility personnel and state and federal governing bodies. ESS offers expertise on current rulings, new and upcoming standards, and has the tools to achieve compliance with them.

The finalization of the MACT standards in December of 2012 — including the Boiler MACT, RICE MACT, and Incinerator standards – has spurred many facilities to seek engineering testing as part of long-term compliance strategies, as well as some companies who are already preparing for final compliance demonstrations. A partnership with Power Secure International and Governor Control Systems (GCS) for RICE engine compliance has driven a large surge in business, with clients desiring to achieve Subpart ZZZZ emissions limitations on their stationary reciprocal combustion engines. ESS has also conducted testing on Sewage Sludge Incinerators (SSI) at Wastewater Treatment Plants in multiple states for engineering and compliance with Subpart MMMM. Many of ESS’s regular clients have also been testing for the pollutants limited under the MACT for Boilers and Industrial Heaters.

Internationally, the ESS office established this year in Hanoi, Vietnam, is also completing projects for both new and repeat clients. ESS Asia and USA test personnel are this week completing a large project for an important return client, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD). ESS performed sampling for HKEPD in 2011 for multiple pollutants at power plants in Hong Kong, and was awarded a bid in 2013 to test at those plants for fine particulate matter, as part of a further initiative by the EPD for cleaning the air of dust and contaminants. Partnering with Berkman Systems, one of the largest environmental consulting companies in the Philippines, ESS Asia has completed a RATA test program for a Philippine-based oil refinery, marking a successful first step in breaking into the very competitive RATA market in Southeast Asia.

The remainder of 2013 indicates a continuation of this trend. Through the acquisition of new clients and the retaining of current ones, ESS is already scheduling projects for completion through October and November of this year, and anticipates many more to come before the year closes out.

ESS expects to continue to leverage their customer service, stack testing expertise, and project execution to satisfy its current and future client base in 2013, and on into the future.

To connect with the experts at ESS, call us at (910) 799-1055 and like us on Facebook to stay connected with news and updates.

ESS Conducts Isokinetic Training for Vietnam Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Isokinetic Emissions Sampling Training, VietnamHanoi, Vietnam, June 2013 — Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues growth in the Asian market with the award of a recent government contract to provide isokinetic emissions sampling training to the Vietnam Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) – Thai Nguyen office. The Thai Nguyen province selected eleven (11) of their most qualified technicians to attend the ESS training seminar to further focus their Apex Instruments isokinetic sampling skills.

Workshop instruction was led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI. The object of this 1-day seminar was to introduce basic isokinetic principles and source sampling skills to the DONRE technicians.

This course assisted the students in their review of source testing and broadened their sampling skills. The workshop helped the students develop the ability to plan, guide, evaluate, and perform source-sampling measurements to determine rates of emission from stationary sources. The course also provided a cursory review of EPA Methods 1 through 5.

The course provided the students with:

  • The knowledge and nomenclature of the isokinetic stack testing equipment
  • An understanding of why the prescribed methods are used
  • A review of the basic operation of the isokinetic sampling equipment
  • An introduction to the calibrations and calculations that are a part of the reference methods
  • A field sampling exercise to demonstrate the knowledge of conducting/operating Method 5 Isokinetic sampling equipment.

As ESS’s work has grown in the Asian market, it has been ever important to maintain staff and a local presence in these markets. In January 2013, ESS opened an Asian headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam. In early February, ESS signed an agreement with Berkman Systems which allowed us to combine our presence with their operations in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. ESS continues to provide cost effective solutions and superior technical support for of our client’s consulting and air testing needs.

ESS is proud of our growing list of clients and our development with key provincial government agencies such as Thai Nguyen DONRE.

ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to on-time and on-budget completion.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal. accessible at their main website, essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and their air quality testing services in Asia, the U.S. and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055  or visit http://www.essknowsair.com.

 

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam Apex Instruments

 

ESS Establishes and Staffs Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

ESS Opens Office in Hanoi, VietnamEnvironmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS), an international air-quality consulting firm, has established its first official international representative office in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The commissioning of the Hanoi office marks a key stage in the execution of ESS strategy to capitalize on the growing demand for emissions testing and environmental consulting within the Southeast Asian region (see: ESS Attends World Bank Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam).  With the aim of obtaining clients and business in the region, ESS has hired two highly-qualified employees for the positions of Technical Sales Director and Sales Associate for the Hanoi office.

Mr. Nguyen Thai Lam is ESS-Vietnam’s Technical Sales Director.  Mr. Nguyen received his degree in Environmental Engineering from Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam.  He has a decade of work experience for a variety of industrial sectors – covering engineering, project management, and the exploration and development of business opportunities.  Prior to joining ESS, Lam was employed as a Project Manager at Blue World Carbon as well as at AES Vietnam, where he progressed from Engineer to Regulatory Manager during the course of his employment.  He has knowledge and experience stemming from his involvement in many large-scale projects, including portfolio management and top-level consulting on carbon development for renewable energy projects.   Lam is dedicated to the challenge of learning and development, and has the goal of becoming an independent expert in the environmental field, with influence sufficient to change perceptions and behavior in regards to air quality and climate change in Vietnam and the surrounding region.

Assisting him in the position of Sales Associate is Ms. Dang Thi Thanh Tam.  Ms. Dang graduated from Hanoi Open University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Prior to joining ESS, Tam worked with a number of International NGOs, coordinating multiple environmental projects with the World Bank Institute in Vietnam.   These projects concerned sustainable development, climate change, and raising public awareness in regards to environmental protection.  Tam also brings multinational and multicultural knowledge and experience to the office, having assisted in long-term voluntary projects working with foreign partners in Europe.  She joins ESS with the goal of contributing knowledge and capabilities to the company’s success as well as a desire to increase her own knowledge base for future endeavors.

The regional office in Hanoi, the opening of which was announced in December 2012, allows ESS to pair international expertise with local responsiveness in meeting the region’s air-quality needs. The ESS Hanoi office is excited by the upcoming opportunities and challenges presented by doing business in Vietnam and the surrounding region.

ESS was established in 1979 and has a history of over 30 years of providing stack testing and air-quality consulting services, both domestically in the United States and internationally.  Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, ESS has a large client base in the Eastern United States, and in the past 18 months has performed emissions testing and monitoring projects in international venues such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Hong Kong.

Contact ESS today to learn more about our air quality testing and consulting services in the U.S. and overseas:  910-799-1055.

Environmental Source Samplers to Open Office in Asia in 2013

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.Air quality consulting firm Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) announced that it will be opening an office in Vietnam in 2013, to capitalize on growing demand for emissions testing and environmental consulting within the Southeast Asian region.

Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, ESS has been a leader in international Air Quality projects, mobilizing globally to Hungary, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Hong Kong within the last 14 months. The projects included air-monitoring and emissions testing for World Bank and local environmental requirements, process improvement, and vendor guarantees. Past international mobilizations have included other points in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Region, including a decommissioned munitions base in Johnston Atoll, and Relative Accuracy Test Audit (RATA) sampling in the Philippines.

The decision to open an office in Asia was made after developing relationships with the Public Sector Liason Officers for the World Bank, and Air-Quality conferences and missions in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The events allowed ESS to gain an insider’s view into the region’s air-quality needs and priorities, and ESS management determined that there was both a sustainable market for air-quality analysis, and existing market conditions that would allow ESS to leverage its expertise in international project management and state of the art methodologies, in order to compete effectively.  (See: ESS Attends World Bank Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam.)

The regional office will allow ESS to pair international expertise with local responsiveness in meeting the region’s air-quality needs. ESS will utilize its staff of experienced, QSTI-certified project managers, along with regional technicians to assist. This strategy will lead to cost savings in labor, equipment, and shipping prices, while not sacrificing the quality of project execution and client deliverables. This will also enable ESS to provide much-needed knowledge transfer of emissions testing and monitoring methodologies to regional employees, enabling them to better serve their own communities as their countries and economies continue to develop.

ESS is excited by the upcoming opportunities and challenges the new office will bring in 2013, and expects to have another successful year, both internationally and with their established domestic clients in the United States.

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International Stack Testing – Challenges and Solutions

ESS Announces Successful Completion of Industrial Air Testing Project in the Dominican Republic

The successful completion of an international stack testing project in the Dominican Republic by Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) has led directly to a new air testing contract for ESS  in Port Au Prince, Haiti.  The project in Haiti was awarded and mobilized within a four day timeframe.

 

Wilmington, N.C., September 2012 — Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS), an established leader in emissions testing both domestic and internationally, today announced a successful conclusion to an air-testing project at a power facility in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

The power company is a client that ESS has performed stack testing services for in prior years, the last project completed in December of 2006. ESS has multiple clients in the Dominican Republic, and often performs work in the Caribbean, on average at least once a year. ESS mobilized a three-man crew from September 5th through 12th, 2012.

The project purpose was in-house engineering analysis for quality control and quality assurance, and to demonstrate compliance with emissions requirements as stipulated by the International Development Bank (IDB). ESS utilized USEPA 40 CFR Part 60 methodologies for all sampling requirements at the facility in San Pedro.

In addition to the successful completion of this project, ESS realized benefits in networking that will be invaluable in future endeavors into the Dominican and its neighboring country. Several contacts made during the course of the project have already led to further planned projects, and ESS personnel will be mobilizing to another power facility to perform sampling in Port Au Prince, Haiti, in the following week. The Haiti mobilization presents the challenge of a severely truncated lead and planning time. ESS was initially contacted regarding the project on Thursday, September 21st, awarded the work on Friday, September 22nd, and is planning to mobilize no later than Monday, September 24th.

Such needs for quick response and flexibility in operations are frequently the case in air-testing projects both domestic and international. Changes in project scope and requirements, late additions to air-testing needs and late changes in schedule are a common occurrence, but without preparation and experience these common occurrences can become extreme difficulties when mobilizing internationally. ESS has the competitive advantage of experience, drawn from international projects conducted in such locations as Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, and other points in Europe. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers help drive projects to completion within the required timeline and budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been performing industrial air quality testing since that time, and has developed into a leader within the field. ESS utilizes modern, consistently maintained equipment to conduct its stack testing services throughout the U.S. and abroad. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of EPA test methodologies among various air emissions sources and industries. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of stack test results through a secure online client portal.

For more information about ESS, please visit their company website at http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com and their blog at http://www.ESSKnowsAir-Blog.com.
Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
ess@essknowsair.com
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

 

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International Stack Testing – Challenges and Solutions

Environmental Source Samplers (ESS) to Mobilize to Hungary

The U.S. based stack testing company, Environmental Source Samplers, Inc, (ESS), is set to launch a new client project overseas in Hungary. ESS has extensive experience with the specific challenges presented by international stack testing projects.

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc., a stack testing and air testing firm out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has announced that it will be mobilizing to Hungary for another emission testing project, this time at an Ethanol-producing facility in the area of Dunafoldvar.

The Hungarian based client contacted ESS after discovering an ESS blog post, International Stack Testing – Challenges and Solutions, in which ESS staff discuss some of the special circumstances and potential challenges that are encountered while conducting stack testing outside of the domestic USA.

This international project poses several challenges of its own, including a severely truncated planning and mobilization schedule. The initial client schedule was to move forward in late May. However, due to operational constraints, this has been moved forward by over a month, and the time from award-date and confirmation of the project to actually conducting the work has shrunk to three weeks. Knowing that changes of this nature are sometimes to be expected in international stack testing projects, ESS has drawn upon its past experience mobilizing to international locations – such as Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, and other locations in Europe – and utilized its established network of reliable vendors to ensure an efficient and effective mobilization free from errors or mistakes.

ESS will be mobilizing to Hungary the week of April 13, 2012, and anticipates another successful execution of international work.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been performing industrial air quality testing since that time, and has developed into a leader within the field. ESS utilizes modern, consistently maintained equipment to conduct its stack testing services throughout the U.S. and abroad. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of EPA test methodologies among various air emissions sources and industries. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of stack test results through a secure online client portal.

To learn more about the air quality and stack testing services offered by ESS, visit http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com and http://www.ESSKnowsAir-Blog.com.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
ess@essknowsair.com
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

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International Stack Testing – Challenges and Solutions

International Stack Testing

International Stack Testing

Source emission testing, or stack testing, is an established and understood part of a facility’s production requirements in the United States. The rules and methodologies are largely known and understood, and the potential challenges that can occur are generally recognized and expected. However, when conducting the same testing in an international venue, this is often not the case. There are, in addition to the standard challenges faced in the American environment, additional challenges that will often occur, and should be known, understood, and prepared for. Environmental Source Samplers has conducted many international stack testing projects, and recognizes a few of the common challenges that can be faced, and has solutions in place to deal with them as, or even before they occur.

The first challenge is one of logistics. Mobilization is always an aspect in testing, but when occurring internationally it is much more complex, and requires very careful preparation. Equipment that can be easily located in the USA is often much more difficult to obtain abroad, and foreign analysis laboratories are not necessarily equipped to properly analyze samples obtained during the project. This means that all required equipment must be shipped to the site, and that frequently all of your collected samples must also be shipped back to the United States. For dealing with customs for your necessary samples and equipment, a Carnet document is highly useful for easing the passage, but the real key to a successful international test is preparation, and project understanding. If you know exactly what you need, in regards to lab analysis and required equipment, and prepare for all of your needs beforehand, as well as any contingencies that may arise, it will eliminate any uncertainty, and the chance that you will be left without something you need, and no easy way to obtain it.

Another challenge is that the site staff in the international facility may not have the level of experience or awareness of regulations and approved EPA methods that you would expect in the States. Many countries developing their economies have not focused on the need for environmental protection and air quality, and the industry is still very much in development in the emerging economies. Rules are sometimes unenforced or underdeveloped, and very much a learning project on the part of the site workers. Many emerging countries, such as China or India, hire an American testing firm not just on the understanding that the project will be completed correctly and professionally, but also under the expectation of knowledge transfer, a learning process for themselves so, in the future, they can conduct the testing as well. This can lead to more observers, and thus a slower process than is typical in the USA. The key to managing this challenge is to know your own requirements. International testing projects require highly experienced team and project leads, that know and understand appropriate methods, requirements, and how to obtain correct results. They need to be flexible and adaptable to potential changes in scheduling, and should expect to answer more questions, even basic ones, than they are typically accustomed to.

A final, often overlooked challenge is maintaining appropriate communication channels with your home office. Projects taking place on the other side of the world can lead to many challenges with communications, as one person’s late morning is another’s midnight. This can open the door to the possibility of missed information and failure to follow through on matters promptly, and that must, and can be avoided. Again, preparedness is the key, on part of both the home office and the staff on the international site. Make your connections count, know what you need to have done before each call or virtual meeting, and know what is expected of you. Every person must make sure that they cover all necessary points during the meeting, who is responsible for what needs to be done, and that everybody understands and is on the same page by the time the meeting is over. If you are used to working synchronously, it is advised to make a ledger of points to be brought up, to lessen the chance of something getting missed, and delayed for another period of time.

Experience is the greatest benefit, and when you conduct an international stack testing project, your stack testing team should be one that has long experience, both domestically and internationally. With careful preparation and a knowledge of the challenges to be faced, problems can be remediated or even avoided altogether, leading to the conclusion of a successful stack-testing project.

Environmental Source Samplers has conducted international stack testing projects at Johnson Atoll, in the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, and various parts of Europe. If you need a team that will do your international job with efficiency and effectiveness, give us a call at (910) 799-1055.

 

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