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Field Activities Committee

This committee develops standards for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMO).

Conference Calls: To Be Determined

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Mission:

The mission of the TNI Field Activities Committee (FAC) is to develop standards for accrediting bodies and field sampling and measurement organizations. The FAC will engage experts to develop consensus-based standards with the goal of improving the consistency of field methods and the quality of environmental data.

The committee supports the efforts of the National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee in the implementation of standards by providing technical assistance in developing guidance materials to facilitate adoption and use of these standards on a national and international level. The FAC will establish and maintain an environment for standards development that ensures continual improvement of standards that are aligned with the practical constraints of sampling and field measurement as well as regulatory and industry specific requirements.


Strategic Goals and Objectives:

  • Improve the quality and consistency of environmental data by establishing consensus-based standards for activities related to environmental sampling and field measurements.
  • Engage experts to develop standards that are practical, appropriate and implementable for organizations of varying size and structure.
  • Develop consensus-based standards that are consistent with other national and international standards, avoiding unnecessary duplication and non-value added requirements.
  • Establish and evaluate the FAC’s success measures to target opportunities for improvement.
  • Provide technical assistance in developing  the tools (e.g., guidance documents, templates, training materials, etc.) necessary for consistent implementation of the Standard.
  • Revise and improve the Standard using the consensus development process.
  • Provide technical assistance such as responding to Standard Interpretation Requests (SIRs)
  • Utilize existing and future TNI infrastructure and resources to accomplish mission.

Success Measures: 

  • Maintain a diverse group of experts that actively support the FAC.
  • Show year over year continued increase in associate committee members.
  • Increase stakeholder acceptance of the NEFAP standards including voluntary adoption by accrediting bodies (3rd Party or government agencies), and having standards written into regulation where applicable.
  • Prompt responses to SIRs (responses within 60 days).

Key Milestones for 2015:

  • Submit the Standard for ANSI approval.
  • Assist in development of tools for implementation of the Standard.
  • Assist NEFAP EC in development of scope of accreditation guidance document.

Considerations:

  • Volunteer member organization with significant time constraints.
  • Ability to identify and engage the industry experts.
  • Ability to develop  consensus-based standards .
  • TNI field accreditation standards based on ISO Standards which are copyrighted and language is sacrosanct.
  • Standards must establish a consistent baseline for acceptable field data quality, while providing maximum flexibility to FSMOs to conduct their work.
  • Substantial learning curve for FSMO’s which have not previously been subjected to rigorous quality requirements and/or accreditation.
  • Government agencies may have their own standards for field data quality.
  • Willingness and authority of government agencies to require FSMO accreditation.
  • Stakeholder “buy-in” and acceptance of the Standard within the industry.
  • Industry “politics” and prior investments in assuring field data quality.

Available Resources:

  • Volunteer FAC committee members.
  • Participating stakeholders and their organizations.
  • Existing national and international consensus-based standards.
  • FSMO Experts.
  • EPA Cooperative Agreement.
  • TNI Website.
  • TNI support resources (administrative, technical editing, etc.).
  • National Environmental Field Activities Program Executive Committee (NEFAP EC).
  • Other TNI Committees (Expert and Support).
  • Teleconference and web-based teleconferencing services.
  • Outreach assistance from Advocacy Committee.
  • Effective and accessible TNI member database.

Additional Resources Required:

  • None

Anticipated Meeting Schedule:

  • Monthly Committee Teleconferences (open to all Full and Associate Members)
  • Additional committee teleconferences as needed
  • Committee meetings (face-to-face) during semiannual TNI Forums (Winter and Summer)
Kevin Holbrooks, Chair
JEA
Jacksonville, FL
holbke@jea.com

Larry Duty, Vice Chair
E-Lab Consultants
Magnolia, TX
lduty@e-labdc.com

Ilona Taunton, Program Administrator
The NELAC Institute
Mill Spring, NC
ilona.taunton@nelac-institute.org

Doug Berg
Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc.
Troy, MI
dberg@pjlabs.com

Michelle Bradac
A2LA
Frederick, MD
mbradac@A2LA.org

Troy Burrows
STAC
tburrows@yahoo.com

Kyle Flowers
Catalyst Air Management, Inc.
Brantley, AL
kyle.flowers@catalystair.com

Scott Haas
Environmental Testing, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
SHaas@etilab.com

Tom Martins
New York City DEP
Kingston, NY
martinst@dep.nyc.gov

Andora Nguyen
Eurofins Eaton Analytical
Monrovia, CA
AndoraNguyen@eurofinsUS.com

Bennett Osborne
Lab Test/Valley Labs
Yakima, WA
bennett@labtestwa.com

Harry O’ Neill
Beacon Environmental Services, Inc.
Bel Air, MD
Harry.ONeill@Beacon-usa.com

Christina Perez
HRSD
Virginia Beach, VA
cperez@hrsd.com

Michael Shepherd
Shepherd Technical Services
Austin, TX
sts@sheptechserv.com

Shannon Swantek
ESI
Knoxville, TN
sswantek@envstd.com


October 3, 2017 August 10, 2017
July 18, 2017 June 20, 2017
May 1, 2017 March 29, 2017
February 21, 2017 January 25, 2017

December 1, 2016
October 18, 2016 August 9, 2016
July 19, 2016 June 21, 2016
May 17, 2016 March 15, 2016
February 16, 2016 January 27, 2016

December 15, 2015
November 23, 2015 August 26, 2015
July 16, 2015 June 18, 2015
April 24, 2015 February 4, 2015
January 30, 2015

December 23, 2014 November 25, 2014
October 23, 2014 August 5, 2014
July 22, 2014 May 21, 2014
April 15, 2014 March 6, 2014
January 29, 2014 January 10, 2014

November 20, 2013
October 18, 2013 August 8, 2013
July 29, 2013 May 23, 2013
April 24, 2013 March 13, 2013
February 21, 2013 January 15, 2013

December 17, 2012
November 15, 2012 October 15, 2012
August 7, 2012 July 12, 2012
June 18, 2012 May 22, 2012
April 12, 2012 March 26, 2012
March 2, 2012 February 1, 2012
January 5, 2012

November 21, 2011 October 12, 2011
September 20, 2011 August 18, 2011
July 28, 2011 June 22, 2011
May 26, 2011 April 12, 2011
March 8, 2011 February 2, 2011

December 9, 2010
November 8, 2010 October 22, 2010
September 23, 2010 August 5, 2010
January 28, 2010

November 24, 2009 October 29, 2009
September 30, 2009 August 27, 2009
July 13, 2009 May 26, 2009
April 14, 2009 March 23, 2009
March 9, 2009 February 10, 2009
January 14, 2009 January 5, 2009

September 26, 2008
August 22, 2008 August 12, 2008
August 01, 2008 June 27, 2008

August 21, 2007
May 10, 2007 April 12, 2007
March 08, 2007 February 08, 2007
January 11, 2007

December 14, 2006 November 22, 2006
November 09, 2006

Current Projects:

Help Establish NEFAP Training Program
FSMO Tools and Quality Manual Template
Help define mobile laboratory process
Guidelines for Scope of Accreditation

Current Needs:

Different types of FSMOs to assist on Tools and Quality Manual Template
New committee members to replace those rotating off

None.