LAB SERVICES DIVISION

Tel: (868) 662-8827 / 663-4835 Ext 2361 | Fax: (868) 663-4335

Lab.Services@ttbs.org.tt

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The Laboratory Services Division of the Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards provide testing and calibration services to the manufacturing, commercial and public sectors in the country. It is accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and provides these services through four laboratories, Chemical, Electrical, Fibre and Materials. Each laboratory is staffed by highly trained and qualified personnel and is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Other services provided include advice in various related areas, methods development, training in analytical techniques and making recommendations with respect to equipment selection and Test Methods. On behalf of the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) of the USA the Division carries out inspection of electrical items which are manufactured locally, for example, air condition units.

Electrical Products Laboratory

All tests are conducted in strict accordance with national and/or international standards.
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Fibre Products Laboratory

All tests are conducted in strict accordance with national and/or international standards.
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Materials Testing Laboratory

All tests are conducted in strict accordance with national and/or international standards.
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Chemical Products Laboratory

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– What We Test –

Consumer Products

a. Household & Cleaning Chemicals
As a leading laboratory for household chemical products testing, quality assurance programs help retailers and manufacturers boost confidence in the quality, safety, performance, and marketing claims of their products.

In our state-of-the-art laboratories we replicate real-world applications by providing testing and performance evaluations according to ASTM, BS and ISO standards
• Chemical, Microbiological and Physical Testing
• Shelf-life Studies
• Biodegradability
• Competitive Product Evaluations
• Claims Substantiation and Verification Services
• Product/Package Compatibility
• Label Reviews
• Regulatory Consultation to applicable standards
b. Matches
Our Laboratories can give you a procurement advantage and a competitor advantage by our services listed below:
• Evaluation of raw materials
• Evaluation of finished product according to regulatory standards
• Splint strength tests
• Evaluation of product safety

c. Jewelry
Our laboratories can give your business quality assurance of your jewellery products. Our services helps you to verify your raw materials and the finished article:
• Karatage testing
• Percentage of metals by X-Ray Fluorescence
d. Toys
To verify that a consumer product meets all appropriate national and international standards and regulations, the chemicals within the product itself need to be tested for their toxicity, purity, strength, reactivity, colouration, performance and safety.

e. Paint
To verify that a consumer product meets all appropriate national and international standards and regulations, the chemicals within the product itself need to be tested for their toxicity, purity, strength, reactivity, colouration, performance and safety.
Our laboratories can give your business quality assurance without the hassle. Some our services include:
Lead by Atomic Absorption
Volatile Matter Content
Volatile Organic Compounds
28 day Biodegadabilty
f. Automotive Chemicals
g. Garments:
Assessment of quality parameters, performance and design, including fabric strength, colorfastness, suitability of fabric for end use
h. Footwear:
Assessment of fault/defect, evaluation of construction, identification of materials, Compression resistance, Oil and acid resistance of soles,
i. Furniture:
Material identification
j. Handbags:
Material assessment,
k. Textile products:
Assessment of quality parameters, performance and design, including fabric strength, colorfastness, suitability of fabric for end use
l. Paper products:
Basis weight, Grammage, Tearing strength, Dimensions, Bursting strength,
m. Appliances
n. Automotive Batteries
o. Lighting Products – Energy Efficiency of bulbs

Construction

  • Roofing Sheets: Determination of the mechanical properties, base metal thickness, mass of coating, labelling and dimensional characteristics for flat, corrugated and trapezoidal profiles.
  • Purlins : Determination of the mechanical properties, base metal thickness, mass of coating, labelling and dimensional characteristics for various purlin profiles.
  • Rebars: Determination of the deformation dimensions, ultimate tensile strength, elongation at fracture, ductility and mass per length. Performance of a chemical analysis.
  • Steel Wire: Determination of the ultimate tensile strength, elongation at fracture and mass per length.
    • Paint
    • Electric
    • Cables
    • Cement
    • Water Barrier
    • Biodegradability

Safety

a. PPE: Testing of Coveralls for Fibre identification
b. HV Gloves
c. Slings: Determination of the ultimate tensile strength, Material identification, Tensile testing
d. Hot Sticks
e. Microwaves Emissions

Environmental

The TTBS is here to guide you with testing needs and develop tailored monitoring programmes that meet your individual needs.

  1. Industrial Equipment
  2. Soil Analysis
  3. Environmental Microbiology
  4. Toxicology
  5. Water Quality
  6. Biodegradability
  7. Sound Levels
  8. Light Levels
  9. Refrigerant Testing

Our Labs are here to work with importers of refrigerants to ensure the quality and consistency of refrigerant gases. As part of a global initiative, the TTBS is here to ensure that only approved refrigerants are imported into Trinidad and Tobago.

Quality Assurance

a. Procurement
Our Laboratories can give you a procurement advantage and a competitor advantage. Testing helps your business to
• Evaluate your raw materials and to verify that you are gaining value for money spent.
• Evaluation of finished product according to regulatory standards
• Evaluation of product safety

b. Training:
Training on how to perform dimensional measurements of roofing sheets, purlins and rebars according to Trinidad and Tobago’s compulsory standards.
c. Failure Analysis:
Determination of the root cause of mechanical failure for industrial equipment.
d. Consultancy:
Advisory services in quality assurance to manufacturing enterprises seeking to meet a specified standard for their products.
e. Good Laboratory Practice

Energy & Marine Services

a. Weld Specimens: Performance of destructive tests according to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code – Section IX, API 1104 – Welding of pipelines and related facilities and AWS D1.1/D1.1M Structural Welding Code – Steel to assist in the qualification of welding procedures and welders. Tests include: tensile, bend, macroscopic preparation and examination, hardness survey, charpy v-notch impact, nick-break and chemical analysis.

b. Coatings: Determination of the hardness value, adhesion strength, adequacy of coating on edges, opacity level, reflectivity level, gloss level, total drying time, streaking, the hiding power, the lead content, applicability and appearance. Detection of discontinuities in the coating. Performance of accelerated weathering- corrosion resistance of coatings to a salt spray environment.

c. Electric Meters

Plastics and Packaging

a. Chairs: Determination of the impact strength, static load capabilities and resistance to corrosion via accelerated weathering.
b. PVC Furniture
c. Crates: Determination of the compressive strength, stacking capabilities and resistance to corrosion via accelerated weathering.
d. Boxes-Paper & Cardboard: Determination of the compressive strength of corrugated fiberboard boxes and assuring it’s stacking capabilities.
e. Bags and Films: Determination of the tear strength, dimensions, tensile properties, penetration resistance, stacking capabilities and water permeability.
f. Cans: Determination of the compressive strength and assuring it’s stacking capabilities.
g. Buckets: Determination of the tensile strength, penetration resistance, stacking capabilities and resistance to corrosion via accelerated weathering.

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