Our in-house specialised laboratory analyses sample material taken from fire examination sites in a safe, controlled environment. We utilise gas chromatography and mass spectral detection to identify the various substances within test samples and determine the presence of ignitable liquids or other suspicious materials.
We can determine the presence of most hydrocarbon ignitable liquids, often months after the fire took place. In addition to Ignitable Liquid Analysis, we also conduct Vehicle Fluid Analysis, Animal and Vegetable Oil and Fat Analysis and examine various items of Physical Evidence. Our test reports allow fire investigators to make informed determinations on the cause and origin of fires.
The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) is the authority that provides independent assurance of a laboratory’s technical competence. NATA accreditation provides a means of determining and formally recognising the competence of a facility to perform specific types of testing. A regular NATA assessment checks all aspects of a facility’s operations related to consistently producing accurate and dependable data.
To maintain accreditation, facilities must be reassessed regularly. GKA Analytical Services is accredited to AS/ISO/IEC 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and follows internationally accepted forensic standards when carrying out tests.
We recognise that samples submitted may constitute evidence, so a strict process of handling is stringently followed. Our sample integrity standards, our chain of custody procedures, and our capability to present court testimony have been independently vetted and approved by experts in the field of forensic science. Samples are retained according to judicial standards in a secure, controlled environment.