Polymers laboratory is one testing laboratories in the Testing Services Department (TES) The role of the laboratory is to carry out analysis on chemical and physical properties of material products for the purpose of implementation of Kenya Standards by Quality Assurance, Import Inspection and for Standards Development. Analysis is also carried out on request for external customers. The laboratory analyses over 3000 samples annually.The laboratory also participates in research and development work that deals with polymeric products .It also provides expertise in local, regional and international technical committees.The laboratory also participates in proficiencytesting schemes; some of the PT schemes are in paper, leather and rubber products.
Organic chemistry laboratory carries out analysis of consumer products whose ingredients are predominantly organic compounds. These include cosmetic products, soaps and detergents, petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, tests for air quality monitoring like car exhaust and flue gas testing, determination of environmental pollutants like pesticides, food additives like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), preservatives like benzoic acid, nutritional ingredients like ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeine in food products.
The Molecular Biology Laboratory at KEBS is dedicated topursuing proteomics and nucleic acid analysis using the most resent techniques. The laboratory is well equipped with modern analytical machinery that effectively and efficiently performs molecular analysis of proteins, DNA and RNA in food, feeds and other organically derived products. Using the MagMAX technology we have developed a robust high throughput platform for nucleic acid extraction. Currently the laboratory is able to perform the following tests
This is one of the material engineering labs in the testing department. The lab is tasked with carrying out tests to determine mechanical and physical properties of materials. The lab comprises of two subdivisions namely destructive and non-destructive (NDT) labs with a total number of 15 staff . The destructive lab carries out tests on construction materials, automotive parts, farm tools and household goods. Just as the name suggests, once items have been tested, they cannot be reused since the tests are destructive. On the other hand NDT involves testing products, parts or materials without destroying them hence not affecting their future usefulness. The tests done on these products are either performance, safety or conformity to various requirements as per local and international standards.
Inorganic laboratory began its operations in 1985 as part of the then biochemistry laboratories. In 1987, biochemistry was split into two labs – chemistry and food labs. Inorganic laboratory was housed under Chemistry laboratory with a total staff of 6. In the early 90s, Chemistry laboratory was further spilt into Inorganic and Organic laboratories, but still headed by one person. At the time Inorganic laboratory was responsible for the analysis of steel, cement, soil and other inorganic products using wet chemistry techniques. The instruments in use were a flame photometer and atomic absorption spectrometer.
Electrical engineering lab in the testing department at Kenya Bureau of standards serves a broad category of industries like Energy, Power, Metering and distribution, Telecommunication, automotive and manufacturing sectors among others. It provides competent and efficient services in conformity testing and assessment offering safety and performance tests of a full range of household electrical appliances as well as industrial appliances. Safety tests are done to verify that the user is not at risk in using the electrical device, while performance tests are carried out to verify the appliance specifications.
Civil engineering lab is one of the labs in the testing department at Kenya Bureau of standard which predominantly test materials used in the construction industry. The tests include both destructive and nondestructive which are housed at the kebs head office Nairobi. The lab operates within ISO 17025 is accredited by SANAS Scope