ARA Resource Rambler Newsletter

September, 2018

CoC–Don’t Break the Chain!

Chains  of  Custody  (CoCs)  are  legal  documents. Most court cases  live  (and  die)  by  the  information  present (or not present) on the CoC. Laboratory  certification requirements are very strict about what the lab can  / cannot accept on the CoC. CoCs serve three very important functions:

  1. First and foremost, CoCs provide the literal chain of custody for samples related to that submittal. It is very important that all parties sign with the date and time when  sample  custody  is  transferred  to  another person.
  2. Secondly, CoCs are where you record the sample IDs and collection information, along with which analytical parameters you’d like the sample(s) run for. Without this information, the lab doesn’t know how to proceed at sample receipt.
  3. Lastly, CoCs are where you note who should receive the final report and invoice, if the project requires an EDD, other special reporting requests, as well as expedited turnaround time.


When filling out a CoC, the company  contact  info  and project specifics  like  the project  name  and  number, protocol  and reporting  limit information   should   be entered first. As you collect your  samples,  note  the sample  ID  and  collection date  and  time  on  the  sample  containers.  Record  this information on the CoC; the IDs, dates and times should match  between  containers  and  the  CoC.  Pay  close attention to the scope of your project and the containers you’re filling to ensure you are marking off the correct analyses.


Rest assured ARA works diligently to catch any  issues at sample receipt. We pride ourselves not only on offering phenomenal  laboratory  services,  but  also  on  being excellent industry partners. ARA’s got your back!


Legionella and Legionnaires’ Concerns in NH

Unfortunately,  it  seems  our  article  about  Legionella  last quarter was  quite  timely,  as  there  have  been  a  handful  of outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease (and one death) in New Hampshire  this  past month.  Health  officials  are  looking  into whether the increase in reported cases is due to more public awareness about the issue, or whether here is reason to be concerned about increased growth of this particular bacteria (Legionellaceae). 

(pic of Legionella, courtesy

Those  who  manage  large  buildings  and  facilities  such  as Hospitals,  Schools,  Commercial  &  Residential  Buildings  are keenly aware that an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease can be  devastating  on  many  levels.  Legionella  may  grow  in  a building's water systems (cooling towers, sinks, faucets, water heaters, fountains, hot tubs), and inhalation or aspiration of the water/mist is how the bacteria enters the body. Legionnaires' Disease  is  a  severe  type  of  pneumonia,  and  those  with compromised  immune  systems  are  at  particular  risk. According to the CDC, 1 in 10 may die from the disease. Developing and maintaining a water management program is extremely  important  to  facilities  that  provide  water  to  the public. Routine testing for Legionella and other contaminants (arsenic, lead, bacteria) is recommended in order to keep your building’s water systems (and occupants) healthy. Give ARA a call  to  set  up  your  customized Legionella management services today.


Lead (Pb) Poison Prevention in Schools

In July, the NHDES issued a letter to all schools and licensed childcare  facilities  in  NH,  stating  that  testing  for  lead  in drinking water at all locations where water is available for consumption by children is now mandatory, as part of Senate Bill SB247. The state requires that the first round of testing be completed by July 1, 2019, and repeated every 5 years, until at least 3 rounds of testing show lead levels that are below the standard. In the event that remediation becomes necessary, schools are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible. If you have questions about the lead levels in your school or home, in the water or the air, contact ARA for more information. 


Welcome to ARA’s Newest Employees

There are a few new faces at ARA’s office in Portsmouth! Welcome to our newest lab techs, Sarah Burridge and Kaya Cooley. Sarah majored in Biology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and Kaya is a recent graduate of Union College, where  she  studied  Environmental  and  Material  Chemistry. Both are very excited to be helping out in the lab, and we’re thrilled to have them both on Team ARA. Welcome ladies!


ARA Beach Cleanup- Good People Doing Good!

ARA’s Beach Cleanup with Blue Ocean Society last week was a big success! Please let us know if you’d like to join us for the next one!  It’s feel-good fun.


ARA is happy to be your environmental partner! If you have enjoyed working with us, or have a great experience to share, please take a minute to share your story here.


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