When you choose a laboratory to fulfill your environmental testing IAQ, forensic and materials testing needs, you need to be sure that they can give you accurate and reliable results. The technical competence of a laboratory depends on a number of factors including:

  • The qualifications, training and experience of the staff
  • The right equipment, properly calibrated and maintained
  • Proper sampling practices, appropriate testing procedures, valid test methods, and adherence to national standards
  • Accurate recording and reporting procedures
  • The ability of clients to speak directly to the analyst working on their project

 

Our Vision

Scientific Analytical Institute provides environmental testing to ensure public health.  We deliver credible, comprehensive research and analysis that gives our clients and their end customers the means to make sound and insightful environmental health decisions.

Our Mission

The mission of Scientific Analytical Institute (SAI) is to protect the public from exposure to environmental toxins, achieved through state-of-the-art standardized testing protocols diligently and consistently applied.  SAI is dedicated to creating a friendly and fair work place, where new ideas and hard work are appreciated and growth is encouraged.  This internal culture, taken to heart, fosters outstanding professionalism and customer service as a natural byproduct of this dedicated philosophy, through which our mission is succinctly facilitated, and, as a cohesive team, fulfilled.

Our Points of Culture

Adaptability:
I support my team members’ and customers’ ability to detect and respond to new needs.  I will strive to see what others cannot and act upon it.  I will be open to new ideas and be ready to make changes by being constantly aware of opportunities to improve myself and processes.

Accountability:
My work safeguards the public, I have the responsibility to ensure we are providing the most accurate results possible.

Compassion:
I will endeavor to build a caring community every day.

Integrity:
I am dedicated to consistency, reliability, and honesty.

Passion: 
I am enthusiastic and emotionally engaged about creating a healthier and safer world.

Proactive:
I am driven to seek opportunities to make SAI better.

Responsiveness:
I succinctly react in a timely manner to inquiries and tasks under my control.

 

Our People

SAI employs talented and degreed professionals with proven expertise in their particular fields to handle all aspects of your testing and reporting.

Each analyst fully participates in rigorous training and regulated testing to ensure that SAI consistently delivers top-quality results.

The SAI team retains experienced specialists in the areas of asbestos, chemistry, silica, heavy metals, and microbiology.

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Nathan Durham, MS

President

Since 2003, quality and unparalleled customer service have made Scientific Analytical Institute (SAI) the preferred choice for environmental laboratory services. Nathan’s vision was to build a customer and employee-centric laboratory.  With Nathan’s direction and passion for excellent customer service and satisfaction, SAI has become that laboratory.  SAI is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program for TEM and PLM.   Additionally, SAI is fully accredited by The American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Laboratory Accreditation Program, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC), meeting all requirements of the ISO 17025:2005(E) Standards. We offer a full spectrum of analyses through all three AIHA accrediting programs: EMLAP, ELLAP and IHLAP.

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Ian Bunker

Vice President of Business Development

Ian’s 10+ years of executive-level experience in business development, marketing, sales team’s management, and channel development, is consistently driving sales growth for SAI.  Ian’s ability to put our clients in the position to succeed on each and every project is paramount and has provided great customer retention/growth and a worldwide presence for SAI.

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Sean Fitzgerald, PG

Director of Legal & Research Services

Research Services
Sean has over 30 years post-graduate experience in the environmental testing industry. He has conducted many specialized analyses, such as lung tissue and hazard releasability testing. Tested the extent to which a given material may release asbestos fibers, including asbestos gaskets, spackling compounds, fireproofing, brakes, paints, talcum powders, and even cigarettes. Tested consumer products and a myriad of materials; notably children’s toys, including crayons, play clays, and fingerprinting powders in toy detective kits

Legal Services
For the past decade, Sean has been repeatedly called to take the stand providing expert testimony in local, state, and federal court rooms from California to New York. He has been retained and testified as a researcher on soils, naturally occurring asbestos, talc, vermiculite, and household products, with work appearing before English Parliament and the United States Senate.

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Derek Jones

Chief Information Officer

Derek is responsible for the inherent technology at SAI.  His responsibilities include management of the network and security infrastructures, LIMS and other applications’ development, VOIP system and telephony, all computer hardware, software and peripherals, internet and intranet security.  Derek also provides senior level management to the Sample Coordination department.

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MaryJane Stotts

Controller/Office Manager

MaryJane is responsible for the financial and accounting procedures in accordance with local, state and federal reporting requirements.  She administers payroll and office operations insuring proper maintenance and retention of related files.

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Ired Gulley

Director of Laboratory Production

Ired is responsible for the overall production of the laboratory, His 15 years of laboratory experience provides the well-rounded, hands-on methodology needed to ensure all of our laboratories are running at their optimum.  Ired also manages our Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray Detraction departments (TEM & XRD respectively)

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Rochelle Powers

Director of Quality Assurance

Rochelle manages and maintains the systematic processes which ensure our policies and procedures adhere to the specified requirements of our governing bodies. Her responsibilities include the management and maintenance of our AIHA, NVLAP, and State Accreditations.

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Sharon Donald

Manager of PLM Department

Sharon manages the Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) departments; assuring workflow, turn-around-times and Quality Control are in accordance with the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for the analysis of bulk asbestos.

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Palmer Hines

Manager of Microbiology

Palmer manages SAI’s EMLAP accredited Microbiology laboratory assuring workflow, turn-around-times and Quality Control are in accordance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Laboratory Accreditation Program, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC).

Daniel Olson

Manager of Chemistry

Dan manages the ELLAP and IHLAP accredited Chemistry laboratory assuring workflow, turn-around-times and Quality Control are in accordance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Laboratory Accreditation Program, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC).

Brandon Griffin

Manager of Software Development

Brandon manages for the Software Development team at SAI.  His past contributions to the field of pattern recognition through the use of k-NN non-parametric classification and Convex Hull algorithms to interpret sign language, provide unique insight that help bridge the gap between human perception and machine interpretation.  Brandon’s insight and experience has led to several improvements to our ever changing LIMS.  He hopes to make the lives of SAI employees easier by resolving the technical frustrations commonly encountered in software systems.

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Mamie G Stuart

Manager of Sample Coordination

Mamie manages the team of Sample Coordinators responsible for the intake and distribution of samples on a daily basis. Our Sample Coordination department is our first and most often, last point of contact to our customers. Mamie and her team provides customer follow-up to ensure all projects are accurately reported in a timely manner.

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Bourke Vaughan

Manager of Materials, Operations

Bourke manages SAI’s Materials Science department. In addition, he is in charge of operations and engineering ensuring that our equipment and instruments are kept up-to-date and fully functional.

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Bethany Nichols

Assistant Manager of PLM Department

Bethany provides assistance to the laboratory manager by managing the work flow and improving the quality output of the laboratory. Performs sample production and quality control assessments as well as handles client inquiries.

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Laura Deasley

Client Service Representative

Laura lives and works in Charleston SC, where she enjoys helping her clients in the Carolinas and Georgia. She is fortunate to work with a number of the best and brightest environmental consultants and industrial hygienists in the industry. Working closely with our VP of Business Development, her pride and passion enables her to provide great customer service at all levels. It’s her goal to make SAI the premier source for quality laboratory analysis. Laura is available to answer questions for all things SAI!

Our Credentials

SAI attended the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) which took place June 4-7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

AIHA Accredited

SAI is fully accredited by The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), meeting all requirements of the ISO 17025:2005(E) Standards. We offer a full spectrum of analyses through all three AIHA accrediting programs:

  • Full EMLAP accreditation for Microbiology; spore traps, direct examination.
  • Full ELLAP accreditation for environmental lead (NLLAP and HUD).
  • Full IHLAP accreditation for industrial hygiene, including IAQ gravimetric, asbestos and respirable silica by XRD.

NVLAP Accredited

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), represents the highest standards of the asbestos testing industry. SAI is fully accredited by NVLAP for:

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM).

Browse SAI’s full list of accreditations.

Our Equipment

SAI’s light microscopes are made by Leica, leader in high quality optics. Our electron microscopes, state-of-the-art JEOL TEMs, expertly handle identification of asbestos, while also serving as a more sophisticated tool for forensic and materials analysis.

Our Microbiology Laboratory employs the BiOLOG system, using automated biochemical assay to accurately distinguish between more than 1,800 fungal and bacterial species, allowing more versatility than narrowly-focused methods such as PCR.

SAI is equipped with a 2006 PANalytical X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) manufactured specifically for SAI. This machine allows our experts to analyze silica and other materials with impressive accuracy in unparalleled turn-around-times.

Our Innovation

Now, through SAI’s proprietary electronic chain of custody (e-chain), you can submit your sample information electronically. By doing so, this preserves the integrity of your sample information throughout the recording and reporting process.

Additionally, through SAI’s proprietary Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), the laboratory data can be returned to you electronically.

Our on-site programming team is ready to customize solutions for your specific needs.

This unique value added service will save you time and ensure accurate results — every time.

Our Difference

We at SAI pride ourselves on putting service back into the laboratory service industry, one sample at a time.

Whatever your needs — quick turnaround, overnight results, weekend analysis — you can rest assured we will seek to assist you as best we possibly can.

When you need us, we’ll deliver accurately and on-time.