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

 

Air Quality Control in Vietnam

Air Pollution Challenges in Vietnam

Air Pollution Challenges in Vietnam

After 2 months staffed, the Representative Office for Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) in Vietnam is excited about the opportunities and challenges in regards to the air quality situation in the country. Air quality in Vietnam in modern times is a significant concern, particularly in Ho Chi Minh city, a primary focus city for government initiatives for sampling and pollution control activities. Ho Chi Minh City has been targeted as a serious air pollution area, due primarily to issues related to industrial production, transportation, and construction.

Air Pollution Challenges

Among the challenges is the high level of air pollution in the inner cities and Suburbs, but there are improvements. Tran Nguyen Hien, Head of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Department in Ho Chi Minh City, said the results of air-quality monitoring in 2012 showed improvement from previous years. Concentrations of NOx, benzene, and lead dropped significantly to reach the initial promulgated standards. But dust (particulate) and CO2 concentrations remain higher than the permitted standard. There are a number of reasons for this. In urban areas, concentrations of CO2 typically exceed the targets due to areas with dense traffic and inadequate infrastructure, leading to frequent congestion and traffic jams. In suburban areas, particulate pollution often comes from the manufacturing operations of local businesses.

Mr. Phung Chi Sy, Deputy Director of the Institute of Tropical Technology and Environmental Protection, says that of existing factories, only 10% have exhaust treatment system that satisfy standards. Very few companies invest in gas treatment systems, and for the ones that do the technology is typically outdated, offering no guarantee for meeting emission requirements. Of the remaining companies, many are not interested in the costs related to investing in exhaust or gas treatment systems. Fines are often less than the cost of investment, and so many of these companies will simply choose to pay the fines if infractions are discovered by inspection teams.

Overcoming the Challenges

According to Mr. Tran, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has submitted to the HCMC People’s Committee a plan for reinvestment and rehabilitation of equipment and systems to control air and surface water, including new investments in surface water monitoring stations and the renovation of two automatic air monitoring stations. At the same time, the Department is working with relevant agencies to accelerate solutions in traffic congestion and infrastructure, including reconstruction of the traffic system in the inner cities. The hope is that this will lead to a decrease in traffic congestion.

In the suburbs, the Department plans to strengthen inspection activities and to levy sanctions against those companies with emissions violations. The first step involves increasing fines on the highest bracket to where they provide a significant deterrent to organizations in violation of the emissions standards. At the same time, the city plans on compiling a registry of the most serious violators, particularly those established in residential areas.

The Department of Environmental Protection believes that their new initiative will provide the basics for a consistent solution to air-pollution, that will maintain consistency even in the event of a significant change of focus or direction in the country’s manufacturing goals. In the long term, the goal is to provide solutions that will bring a future of clean air and healthy atmosphere to the citizens of Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh City in particular. For experienced distributors of control equipment, and air quality consultancy firms like ESS, it is a new chance to cooperate with and support the city for clean air quality and control.

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 been a leader in international Air Quality projects, mobilizing globally toHungary, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Hong Kong, the Philippines and Vietnam.Should you have needs or requirements, both domestic and internationally, give ESS a call today: 910-799-1055.

More information on the news can be found at the following links:

Strengthening the Air Quality Control – Vietnam

Center for Environmental Monitoring Portal – Vietnam

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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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ESS Attends World Bank Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) president Mark Looney (pictured at left) recently attended a trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam, from October 16th to the 26th, 2012. The mission, organized by the World Bank’s Private Sector Liaison Officers, offered the chance for an international delegation of companies to meet with representatives from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Governments of the two countries. The program presented a unique opportunity for ESS and other companies in attendance to learn first-hand about the business environment in Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as projects financed by the International Finance Institutions (IFIs).

The delegation kicked off in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 16th to the 20th, and traveled to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from October 21st to 26th. Mission attendees were briefed on recent trends and prospects for the emerging and developing markets, methods for improving efficiency and ways to meet the demands of new consumer markets. They were also given an insider view of upcoming pipeline projects financed by the multilateral development banks and information on bank strategies to provide for sustainable development – finding the balance between economic growth and the protection of the natural environment that is frequently difficult to obtain in emerging and developing economies. In addition, the program provided a great opportunity for networking and forging contacts and relationships with other key players in international development and environmental protection.

As an emissions-testing firm with experience in international mobilizations, ESS actively pursues opportunities to develop relationships with international organizations, in the private sector as well as the multilateral development banks such as the IDB and ADB, and the program provided a great opportunity to develop strategies in moving forward.

Mr. Looney, upon completion of the mission, said: “The World Bank PSLO Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam has given us the chance to interact, within a small group setting, with many potential business partners in these target markets, including government agencies and regional business representatives. When developing relationships and opportunities within international and developing markets, an opportunity for personal interaction is invaluable. In two weeks in this mission, we feel that we have learned more about the market and its inner workings than could have been learned remotely in two years or more.”

Read the original PSLO/World Bank Press Release.

Also learn more about common challenges and solutions found with international projects and mobilizations.

 

Contact:

 

Mark Looney
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

 

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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://35.172.115.254.
Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

 

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ESS Announces Successful Conclusion to Hungary Emissions Testing Project

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.Environmental Source Samplers, Inc, (ESS), a leader in emissions testing worldwide, announces the completion of an air testing project at an Ethanol Plant in Hungary.  ESS is making great strides with their experience and expertise in international stack testing.

Wilmington, N.C., June 2012 — Environmental Source Samplers, Inc., an established leader in emissions testing both domestic and internationally, today announced a successful conclusion to an air-testing project at an Ethanol Plant in Dunafoldvar, Hungary.

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

The project was for the purpose of verifying vendor guarantees for a newly-installed boiler system and scrubber control device, for a regimen of pollutants that included Particulate Matter and Gaseous Emissions. ESS also provided multiple days of on-site monitoring with real-time results for engineering purposes as the Facility staff made adjustments for process optimization and tuning. ESS utilized USEPA and ISO methodologies; EPA and MCERT approved analyzers (European Union approved for emissions measurements in Europe); and provided the Facility a number of protocol blend gas bottles for the sampling project.

As is frequently the case in air-testing projects both domestic and international, the project required flexibility in operations. 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 utilized its experience, drawn from international projects conducted in such places as Hong Kong, Dominican Republic and other points in Europe. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers helped drive this project 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 Environmental Source Samplers, Inc., visit their website at http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com and their blog at http://35.172.115.254.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

 

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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://35.172.115.254.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com

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Environmental Source Samplers (ESS) Announces Successful Completion of International Stack Testing Project in Hong Kong

An international stack testing project has been completed by U.S. based Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS).  This project in Hong Kong represents the company’s first business in Chinese territory and further strengthens their reputation as a leading stack testing and environmental consulting firm worldwide.

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.Wilmington, N.C., January, 2012 — Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS), an air and emission stack testing firm based in North Carolina, announces a successful completion to a stack testing project at Lamma Island and Castle Peak Power stations in Hong Kong, China.  ESS works with power generation and other industrial companies throughout the United States and worldwide to sample, analyze, and report on air emissions from pertinent stacks and sources.

ESS mobilized to Hong Kong within two weeks of being awarded the bid, and the testing required a six-week trip on-site in Hong Kong.  The ESS team worked with the Hong Kong Department of Environmental Protection and in conjunction with local testing companies during the preparation and on-site work.   A total of four project engineers from ESS were on hand to supervise and train local Hong Kong workers on American testing methods  and analysis.

“International governmental agencies and air testing firms look to American testing companies for their expertise, and familiarity with EPA testing methodologies,” ESS owner and chief engineer Mark Looney said.  “Local companies have the necessary labor, but good equipment can be difficult to find, and the labor that is available is not trained in proper EPA methods for compliance.”

The completed project required aspects of training and knowledge transfer in addition to testing requirements, as is often the case in international projects.  ESS staff worked on-site with local companies to train and instruct in the proper methods and equipment for running a complete test series, educating them on how the project should move forward.

A veteran company in international projects, this testing represented the first time that ESS was involved in business in Chinese territory.  The company has previously conducted international stack testing projects in places such as the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and in countries in Europe.

ESS was founded in 1979 as an environmental consulting firm specializing in air and emission source testing. Their extensive experience with ever-changing EPA air quality regulations and emission source test procedures as well as their highly trained engineers and their commitment to customer service makes them a leader in their field, both nationally and internationally.

Learn more about Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. at http://www.ESSKnowsAir.com and their insight on international stack testing at http://35.172.115.254/2011/12/12/international-stack-testing-challenges-and-solutions/.

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, N.C., 28412
910-799-1055
[email protected]
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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