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Summertime Shipping

Posted by Nicholas Hesse on May 28, 2021 1:18:36 PM
Nicholas Hesse

It's Summertime In Wisconsin!

And you know what that means??

Warm Weather!

 

Although we Wisconsinites love the warm summer weather, your samples do not.
 
Our team here at Cherney has noticed issues with incoming samples in the past so we want to make sure everyone has the best “How to” for sending their samples. The information shared below is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to ensuring that the samples being submitted to the laboratory arrive in the best possible condition. 
 
This allows for two things:06-2018-59-p-01
  1. Ensure your samples can be tested without delay.
  2. Ensure accurate results.
 Here are some best practices to guarantee sample integrity:
  • Collect samples early on the day you plan to ship.  Then refrigerate your samples till they are ready to ship.
  • Use an insulated shipper for perishable products and environmental samples. 
  • Several ice packs to keep your samples chilled.
    • If your ice packs are small – use 3 to 5
    • If they are large – use 2 to 4. 
    • Dry ice is ONLY to be used when shipping frozen foods.
    • Products normally stored at room temperature may be shipped ambient in a sturdy box or envelope.
    • DO NOT ship with regular ice cubes – when we receive them they are completely melted.
  • Protect the samples from direct contact with ice packs.
    • Use packing material to keep samples from direct contact.
    • Fill up any air space remaining in the shipper with packing material.
    • This also helps to ensure that samples are not damaged during the shipping process.
  • If you ship on Friday for Saturday delivery, make sure your shipping container is marked as Saturday delivery.
 
As always, we ask that you include a copy of your Analysis Request Form (ARF) in your shipping container as a chain of custody and email it to our team at sampleentry@cherneymicro.com
 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call or send our team an email. We are happy to help!
 
 

Topics: Proficiency Testing, Shipping, Product Testing