Intertek Microbiology Laboratory Achieves Bio-Safety Level 2

  Intertek Microbiology Laboratory Achieves Bio-Safety Level 2

       Expanded Biological Testing Capabilities Help Manufacturers Get
                Microbial-resistant Products to Market Faster

Business Wire

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- February 21, 2014

Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide
range of industries around the world, today announces its Cortland, NY,
personal protective equipment (PPE) microbiology laboratory has increased its
microbiological testing capabilities to Bio-Safety Level 2 (BSL-2). With this
achievement the lab provides testing with a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi,
viruses and other microorganisms.

In the United States, microbiology labs are classified by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention within four Biological Safety Levels (BSLs),
which are segmented according to the safety measures needed to mitigate risk
to personnel or the environment. BSL-1 is considered to be of little or no
risk to human health, whereas, BSL-4 is high risk and may include weaponized
biological warfare agents like Anthrax.

To meet the BSL-2 requirements, Intertek invested in state-of-the-art
engineering safety controls and conducted extensive training for an already
highly experienced staff. “We invested in expanding our chemistry,
microbiology, flame, impact, fall from height and physical capabilities to
provide a complete solution for our customers. This creates efficiencies for
our customers and ultimately works to shorten their time to market,” said
Intertek senior microbiologist Adrian Buzea. “This lab allows us to provide
unparalleled service to the market as we can deliver on a diverse set of
performance requirements.”

With the enhanced capabilities, the products tested at the lab have also
become more diverse. Projects are already underway to test blood-borne
pathogen-resistant gloves, hypoallergenic air filters andBacterial Filtration
Efficiency (BFE) of medical face mask materials.

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About Intertek

Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From
auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and
certification, Intertek adds value to customers’ products, processes and
assets. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over
36,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies’ success
in a global marketplace. Intertek helps its customers to meet end users’
expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and
desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit


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