Sampling and Shipping

Why do Legionella samples need to be shipped overnight? Why is the hold time up to 2 days? ‎
Generally, microbiological culture tests are started as soon as possible after collection, so shipping overnight is preferred. We recommend shipping the sam...
Thu, 19 Dec, 2019 at 8:49 AM
What should a client do if they can’t get to a FedEx or shipping location the same day as collection?
If overnight shipping is not possible on the collection day, samples should be refrigerated at (2-8°C) until they are ready to be shipped.
Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 at 2:41 PM
What is the shelf life of the sampling bottle and can clients use their own bottles to sample?
Each bottle has an expiration date printed on a sticker attached near the top of the bottle and cap. It is typically 2 years from the date the bottles were ...
Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 at 2:44 PM
What are the holding times for the tests SPL offers?
Legionella (New York & Non New York): 2 days Mycobacterium: 2 days Pseudomonas, HPC, E. coli (presence/abscence): ≤30 H BARTs, Stenotrophomonas, Acin...
Thu, 19 Dec, 2019 at 11:21 AM
When should swabs be used?
Swabs should primarily be used during a case investigation in conjunction with water samples from the same sites. Swabs should not be used on cooling towers...
Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 at 2:57 PM
How long do you keep samples after processing?
Depending upon sample type and processing methods, sample storage could vary from 3 days up to two weeks (space permitting).
Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 at 8:16 AM
The SPL sampling instruction sheet specifies that cooling tower samples are to be collected from the basin. Is there a reason why this is preferred over catching a sample of the falling water?
The culture test will determine how effectively the biocide treatment is working because the sample comes directly from the treated water in a cooling tower...
Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 at 3:02 PM
Why is a hot water sample taken immediately?
First draw hot water represents the worst-case microbiological quality and has the best chance to recover Legionella if present. First draw hot water answ...
Wed, 18 Dec, 2019 at 3:05 PM