Extension of scope

We are proud to announce exciting news!

For detailed information go to Tests or download our SMT LABS SANAS accreditation certificate- 20181113

SMT LABS have expanded 
We have opened a branch in Randburg, Johannesburg. We are still awaiting accreditation and are offering our services unaccredited at this stage. An extensive list of microbiology tests will be available at the JHB branch.Address: Unit B5 Strijdom Industrial Park, 17 Hammer Road, Randburg, 2194
Contact:
Rozanne SMT LABS Marketing Manager 083 411 0935 marketing@smtlabs.co.za 
Carol Key Accounts Manager JHB 066 312 0313 salesjhb@smtlabs.co.za
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SMT LABS Bloemfontein will be acredited for additional tests
From 1 November 2018 SMT LABS BFN will be accredited for these tests:
  • We are 1 of ONLY a few labs accredited in SA for testing Salmonella spp. on the following matrices: Animal Feed, Boot swabs, Rectum swabs, Fluff.
  • We are 1 of ONLY a few labs accredited in SA for testing Listeria monocytogenes in water. Listeria monocytogenes is known to create biofilms in water and if present it can contaminate other areas.
  • We are 1 of ONLY a few labs in SA accredited for testing Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Swabs, Water, Food.
  • We are 1 of ONLY a few labs in SA accredited for Campylobacter spp.: Detection & EnumerationCampylobacter spp. are the major group of bacteria responsible for foodborne gastroenteritis and we encourage clients to test it more often.
  • We are proud to add Faecal Coliforms to our scope.
Accredited Total Plate Count on contact paddles –
The first in SA!

In the past there were no laboratories in SA accredited for Total plate count (TPC) on a contact paddle (CP). We are the ONLY lab in SA that is accredited at this stage. This might lead to major changes in the cleaning industry once this news breaks.
This method is cost effective and our turn-around time from receipt at our lab is 48 hours.This can’t be matched by another lab as yet.

How efficient is your cleaning chemicals?

SMT LABS BFN is the ONLY lab accredited for chemical efficacy, testing six different main ingredients in cleaning chemicals. Our turn-around time is 10 working days.

Clients in the food industry are welcome to test the efficacy of their cleaning chemicals at three different dilutions and on different surfaces.  We also offer this service to cleaning companies that want to update their Certificate of Analysis (COA’s) to give them an edge in the market.

There are two methods available:

EN1276: Chemical efficacy

This method tests:
The efficacy of a chemical against bacteria

Compulsory organisms (fixed package) that must be tested to deem a chemical efficient for cleaning:
  • Escherichia coli
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Enterococcus hirae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
Optional organisms, that is industry specific, that can be added to test list:
  • Salmonella sp.
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Escherichia coli O157

EN13697: Chemical efficacy

This method tests:
The efficacy of a chemical against bacteria on working surfaces

Compulsory organisms (fixed package) that must be tested to deem a chemical efficient for cleaning:
  • Escherichia coli
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Enterococcus hirae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
 Optional organisms, that is industry specific, that can be added to test list:
  • Salmonella sp.
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Escherichia coli O157
  • Aspergillus brasiliensis
  • Candida albicans
Additional surfaces can be tested on
  • Stainless steel accredited
  • Others not accredited
To book a chemical efficacy test, contact Rozanne at marketing@smtlabs.co.za or your current Key Account Manager.  We will supply you with a sample submission form. Please supply SMT LABS with as much detail as possible and we will come back to you with a quotation.

LIMS – Laboratory Information Management System

The question you might be asking; “What is LIMS and how can it make my life easier”

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is software that allows you to effectively manage samples and associated data. By using a LIMS, your lab can automate workflows, integrate instruments, and manage samples and associated information. Additionally, you can produce reliable results more quickly and can track data from sequencing runs over time and across experiments to improve efficiency.

Modern genomics generates an unprecedented amount of data. Faced with increasing data volumes and sample throughput along with frequent changes in technology, labs must modernize their approach to managing, tracking, and centralizing genomics data.

That is exactly why SMT LABS are implementing it: 

  • Minimising human error and admin
  • Maximising our level of service
  • Giving more attention to our relationship with our clients
  • To provide a trend analysis to our clients on different tests, products and times of the year.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What tests can you do at SMT LABS?

A: Refer to http://smtlabs.co.za/services/

Q: Are the results confidential?

A: Yes, we are bound by SANAS regulations and will only send the test report to the person indicated on the customer take-on form.

Q: Do I need to bring my samples to the lab?

A: You may choose between delivering it yourself or we will arrange a pick-up and delivery with a courier company, saving you time and trouble.

Q: Where do I get a sampling kit?

A: SMT LABS will arrange the delivery of your sampling kits before your sampling date.

Q: Which are the best swabs to use for sampling?

A: 1. Amies gel swabs for enumeration tests and 2. Sponge stick swabs for detection tests.

Q: Who does the sampling at the facility?

A: It depends on the company policy.  Some clients have been trained to do the sampling themselves.  We also provide training to the quality manager at the facility regarding sampling protocol.  Other companies prefer that SMT LABS personnel do the sampling at the facility.  A sampling fee is charged per hour and per kilometer traveled.

Q: How do you use the sponge stick swab?

A: Click on the link SPONGE-STICK swab instructions

Q: How do you use the Amies gel swab?

A: Click on the link Amies swabs – instructions

 

 

 

Sampling made simple

Don’t get stuck in the 1900’s, use our trained staff to sample for you.

At SMT LABS we test the following types of samples:

  • Food samples
  • Hand, boot and equipment swabs
  • Water
  • Environmental monitoring

Much time and money is wasted by incorrect sampling methods.
Contact us to book comprehensive training for your employees to collect your samples just right at marketing@smtlabs.co.za

Getting it right the first time, Saving you time, saving you money

 

Clean hands save lives

Things to remember when washing your hands:

  • Most people host 34 to 72 different strains of bacteria.

  • Staph lives in your nose, so don’t touch any part of your face.

  • Make sure equipment switches are also cleaned before using equipment.

  • Wash your hands after cleaning boots.

  • Wash your hands between batches.

  • Wear gloves if you have artificial nails.

Posterize these tips and put it up at your hand wash station. If you are unsure about the cleaning efficacy of your cleaning products, contact us to assist and click Tests
Contact us to provide training to your staff for proper hand wash protocol.
Each attendee will receive an attendance certificate. Send your request to marketing@smtlabs.co.za