About UsCalifornia Laboratory Services serves as a primary technical resource for laboratory related environmental and general health issues for state and Federal agencies, industrial clients, engineering firms, and private industries. CLS Labs is a certified, privately held corporation providing quality services for projects of any size, large or small.

Mission Statement

California Laboratory Services is dedicated to building strong client relationships through quality environmental chemistry laboratory services and superior client satisfaction.

The laboratory commitment to excellence in environmental chemistry includes ELAP compliance and dedicated understanding of individual client needs and timelines for projects of any size.

Professional standards allow qualified personnel to consistently provide courteous, accurate, legally defensible, and cost effective analytical laboratory services.

California Laboratory Services Vision

It is the vision of CLS Labs to continuously build upon quality environmental chemistry laboratory services through integrity and efficiency in partnership with clients and staff.

California Laboratory Services Staff Profiles

Scott Furnas

Scott J. Furnas

Scott Furnas is the President of California Laboratory Services. Scott oversees the management of administrative staff, client services personnel, environmental chemistry lab employees, and technical production requirements and specialties specific to high quality analytical laboratory operations.  Scott Furnas has achieved and maintained client base growth through his commitment to superior client services and dedication to excellence in communications and follow through, for any client project need. Clients include Federal, state and county organizations, private industries and individuals.

Mr. Furnas’ work history has created a strong foundation on which is built a full understanding of the needs and requirements associated with environmental chemistry client services. Scott Furnas has a BA degree from California State University, Sacramento, and has served in the United States Navy including duties as a surface rescue swimmer. Scott has worked in all levels of laboratory operations, making him exceptionally qualified to provide both clients and staff with effective management and technical experience. From field sampler to microbiology technician. Mr. Furnas began his early career understanding sample collection, storage and preservation, and EPA disposal protocols. As an Organic and Inorganic Chemist Mr. Furnas was involved in analysis of various compounds by EPA Methods and has knowledge of associated instrumentation and computer integration. Scott has had Hazardous Waste Operations Training.

Scott Furnas’ education and experience also includes the review, examination, and evaluation of organizational structures, administrative policies, and the management systems of organizations. At CLS Labs Mr. Furnas recommends changes in management, programs, policies, procedures or practices concerning management systems including budget needs, production costs and information management. As a general manager and now as the President of CLS Labs, Scott Furnas is responsible for the management of chemists, technicians, sales and administrative staff in adherence to operational policies and in the provision of exceptional client services.

Client Services

James Liang
Laboratory Director
Zhonqwen “James” Liang Ph.D.

As the Laboratory Director for CLS Labs, Dr. James Liang, oversees the quality management of analytical and support staff in regards to performance and job requirements, laboratory production, and report deadlines. He is the primary technical advisor for inquiries from state and/or Federal agencies, industrial and engineering clients, and private individuals. Dr. Liang works closely with the Client Services staff at CLS Labs to meet and assist project and client needs.

James Liang’s education consists of a Ph.D., in Analytical Chemistry, from the University of Connecticut and B.S. /M.S., in Chemistry, from Hangzhou University, in China. Some of Dr. Liang’s key work experience projects have included: the determination of hexavalent chromium and total chromium in plasma and red cell samples; study of the reducing capacity and the kinetics of various solid and liquid media subjected to hexavalent chromium; operation and maintenance of HP GC/MS, TJA ICAP 61E, ICAP 61E Trace Analyzer, Perkin Elmer 5100Z and 5100ZL Graphite Furnace AA, Leeman PS 200 Automated Mercury Analyzer, TOC/TOX Analyzer, Dionex IC, and Waters HPLC; Method development for the determination of metals in fish tissue samples, and of ultra trace levels of lead and nickel in drinking water by GFAA; and has conducted research projects for Lead Bioassay, Chromium analyses of human blood, plasma and urine, and Total Chromium analysis of rat tissue. Further achievements consist of sixteen published research papers, a history of good method development, supervision of the operation/maintenance of numerous analytical instruments, and the training of instrument operators.

Dr. Liang’s diverse experience includes knowledge of QA/QC laboratory protocols and the review and validation of CLP, AFCEE Level I and II, USACOE data packages, and client and/or regulatory agency interactions in response to specific technical, or service inquiries. Dr. James Liang provides specialized capabilities in environmental chemistry, research, analysis, procedures, and operations, due to extensive career experience as a chemist, supervisor, and laboratory director.

Mark Smith
Operations Manager
Mark Smith

Mark Smith has over twenty five years laboratory, field and supervisory experience as an Environmental Occupational professional. He has managed emergency response facilities and site clean-up operations. Mr. Smith developed and performed training programs in Hazardous Waste Operations, and for laboratories. He has been responsible for the direct management of Health and Safety Programs and their corresponding training. He is conversant of environmental and occupational regulations, hazardous materials handling, packaging, transportation and disposal practices and all aspects of environmental sampling (soil, water, wastewater, and hazardous waste).

Mark Smith’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Sciences, Chemistry from California State University, San Jose, CA and Certification in Hazardous Materials Management, University of California, Davis. Mark Smith’s extensive work history provides clients with a diverse background of environmental professionalism complete in the knowledge of project, field, and operations management.

Mr. Smith’s expertise in the coordination, development and performance of client and field services includes: Training (various OSHA 1910.120 & 1910.1450); Supervision of hazardous waste and environmental compliance programs and their developments; Policy/procedure development in hazard control, assessments and training; Waste Management (packaging, labeling, shipping, profiling and storage); Facility safety assessment and hazard evaluation; Evaluation and development of Health and Safety and Right-to-Know training programs; Instrument calibration, inspection, maintenance and repair; Emergency response programs; Development of waste characterization procedures (FTIR, wet chem., etc.), and the development of field sampling protocols (soil, water and hazardous waste).