Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Pinchin offers a full range of accredited microbiology lab services for moulds, bacteria and dust including:

  • Mould, bacteria, including Legionella, and dust sampling, testing and analysis, including bulk, air and surface samples

  • Isolation, identification and culturing of moulds commonly detected in air, fluids and bulk samples

  • Access the exclusive Pinchin Ambient Mould Index (PAMI), a unique database tool that provides ambient mould spore counts on a regional basis

  • Direct microscope analysis of spore trap samples to identify fungal spores and particulate

  • Analysis of swab and bulk samples for sewage-indicator bacteria

Rush and Regular Turnaround

Rush environmental microbiology lab service available, within 24 hours of receipt

Regular turnaround 3 to 5 days

Legionella and other mould culture analysis turnaround is 10 to 14 days

qPCR Legionella Analysis available within 24 hours of receipt

Laboratory Accreditations and Certifications

  • Accredited by the AIHA-Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC Environmental Microbiological Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) Quality Assurance Program
  • We participate in the AIHA-LAP, LLC Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) Program (Lab ID#158835),
  • Certified for Legionella analysis by the Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) program from the US Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Quebec government accredited laboratory (Lab# 495)

Sampling Instructions:

A Chain of Custody form is required with all lab samples.

  1. Moulds: Please see "How to Take a Mould Sample"

  2. Bacteria or Legionella sampling: Please contact Dr. Rafic Dulymamode via our  Microbiology Laboratory Contact Page.

Experienced, highly accredited on-site experts can answer questions and offer training seminars and courses.