En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency Lab­o­ra­tory (EMAL)

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What is the EMAL? IT is a na­tional in­sti­tute, built for sup­port and ad­vice on all as­pects of en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity, re­search, treat­ment stud­ies, train­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity in­for­ma­tion. The lab­o­ra­tory started op­er­at­ing un­der EMA man­age­ment in 2007, was first ac­cred­ited in 2012 and has con­tin­u­ously main­tained its ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus.

Pol­icy state­ment EMAL is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Man­age­ment Sys­tem based on ISO 17025 re­quire­ments, mak­ing the lab­o­ra­tory a re­li­able des­ti­na­tion for anal­y­sis of a wide range of en­vi­ron­men­tal sam­ples with the over­all ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing qual­ity ser­vices to all cus­tomers. To achieve this, EMAL uses state-of-the-art equip­ment, val­i­dated test meth­ods, trained and com­pe­tent staff and en­sures that all per­son­nel prac­tice good pro­fes­sion­al­ism by ad­her­ing to, fa­mil­iaris­ing with and im­ple­ment­ing the man­age­ment sys­tem on a day to day ba­sis. Ser­vices of­fered: 1. Bi­o­log­i­cal wa­ter test­ing 2. Chem­i­cal wa­ter test­ing 3. Soil test­ing: the con­tam­i­na­tion in the soil

What are you test­ing for in your wa­ter?

To find out the con­cen­tra­tions of the fol­low­ing chem­i­cal pa­ram­e­ters in your wa­ter: BOD, COD, DO, Al­ka­lin­ity, Ca, Cd, Cl, Co, EC, pH, Fe, K, Na, Cu, Zn, Hg, As, CN, Cr 6+, Mg, Mn, Pb, Ni, PV, G/Oil, NO3, SO4, PO4, Sul­phides, TDS/TSS, NTU, TH, de­ter­gents, pes­ti­cides etc.

The mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal tests in­clude: to­tal co­l­iforms, fae­cal co­l­iforms, Fae­cal Strep­to­cocci, E.Coli, To­tal plate counts @ 220C and 370C, sul­phite re­duc­ing Clostridia Per­frin­gens, Chloro­phyll a and di­atoms. Why test your wa­ter?

To pre­vent pol­lu­tion in our nat­u­ral wa­ter bod­ies and the en­vi­ron­ment.

To pre­vent health prob­lems such as di­ar­rhoea, nau­sea, cramps, level of dysen­tery and hepati­tis caused by drink­ing wa­ter with fae­cal con­tam­i­nat ion and pathogens.

To avoid bioac­cu­mu­la­tion of heavy met­als in hu­man bod­ies and aquatic life. These heavy met­als cause chronic dis­eases and dam­age to the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem if con­sumed in low and high doses, re­spec­tively.

To in­crease in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion yield.

To pre­serve our nat­u­ral ecosys­tems. To re­duce wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion costs.

Pack­ages of­fered by EMAL Do­mes­tic wa­ter (tap, bore­hole, treated), min­eral wa­ter, min­ing ef­flu­ent, sewage ef­flu­ent, in­dus­trial ef­flu­ent, agri­cul­tural ef­flu­ent, and am­bi­ent wa­ter (river, dam, lake) test.

Where is the EMAL lo­cated? The EMAL is lo­cated at No 6 off Paul­ing Drive, King Ge­orge VI (KG VI) Bor­row­dale in Harare. What are the sam­pling

pro­ce­dures? What In­ter­na­tional stan­dards has the EMAL ac­quired?

The EMAL is pleased to in­form the na­tion that the lab­o­ra­tory has been ac­cred­ited by the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ser­vices (SADCAS) to ISO/IEC 17025.2005. This was done in 2012 and the ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus has been main­tained to date. This has en­abled the lab­o­ra­tory to of­fer re­li­able lab­o­ra­tory test­ing ser­vices.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency is there­fore cor­dially invit­ing you to the EMAL Open Day, to be held on Novem­ber 24, 2016 at EMA KGVI Of­fices start­ing at 0900 hours to 1600 hours.

All par­tic­i­pants will have a 45minute slot which in­cludes a pre­sen­ta­tion and tour of the lab­o­ra­tory fa­cil­i­ties.

For all wa­ter, soil and fo­lia test­ing, Man­age­ment Agency Lab­o­ra­tory visit the En­vi­ron­men­tal

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