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Practical Implementation of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Requirements

Brown Bag 4: Ethics Training for the Environmental Professional
Addressing Ethical Dilemmas and Installing a "Culture of Integrity"

Course Description:

Reputation and credibility are vital to an organization's success. This 3-hour interactive webcast focuses on discussing issues and concerns related to ethics, values, potential causes and establishing an effective training program.

Recommended Attendees

  • All Laboratory Personnel
  • Laboratory Owners
  • QA Managers
  • Field Samplers
  • Data Users
  • Auditors

Multiple accrediting programs including TNI's laboratory and field standards require laboratories to have a documented "ethics training" program addressing ethical dilemmas and improper, illegal, and unethical practices. How does management implement these requirements? What is a culture of integrity? How do managers instill a proper decision process in staff and spot potential vulnerabilities? This workshop helps answer these question. It provides valuable information on proper practices, conduct, and techniques to help resolve ethical dilemmas, and stresses practicing "ethics at the bench". Discussion topics include potential causes of scientific misconduct, examples of improper practices, differentiating between proper and improper practices, and proper scientific decision making as well as specific practices designed for early detection and prevention of laboratory wrongdoing. Real life examples of ethical dilemmas are presented as well as actual situations and the outcome of proper decision making and poor decision making.

This workshop is geared to participation by laboratory management and technical personnel, specifically supervisors, managers, and QA professionals as well as assessors from the private and public sectors.

Course Topics

  • Why is this an important issue?
  • What is ethics?
  • Ramifications of unethical conduct
  • Actual case histories
  • Importance of shared values
  • Right vs. wrong dilemma
  • Causal analysis and Potential Root Causes
  • Dilemma resolution
  • A framework for early detection
  • Examples of improper practices

This on-demand webcast is an audio/visual recording of a webinar that was recorded on November 2, 2012.

Course Fee:
$60 for TNI members; $70 for all others; $300 group rate

TNI Members: you must be logged-in to the website to receive the member rate.

About Webcasts:
 Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a special link by e-mail to watch the webcast on your computer. The link is time-limited: you will have full access to the webcast and any associated handouts for 6 months after receipt of payment, at which time the link will expire. Webcasts cannot be downloaded; they are intended for viewing on your computer only during the 6-month window. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Taunton at

No certificates are provided with webcasts.  If you wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for your records, there will be an additional $15 charge per person.  Contact Ilona Taunton at if you need a certificate.


Group rates are available: Each purchased webcast is to be viewed by only one student. If you would like multiple viewers, separate purchases must be made. A group rate of $300 is available for groups of 5 or more students at a single location. Click hereto purchase this webcast at the group rate.


3 hours

Presented By:

Jack Farrell

About the Presenter:
Jack Farrell has 34 years of experience in the environmental industry as an analyst, QA professional, technical and general manager of small, medium and large commercial laboratories. He is an experienced environmental manager, laboratory chemist, trainer, and auditor. Mr. Farrell holds degrees in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) and Chemistry and is a professional trainer, consultant and third party assessor for a number of state and federal regulators. Jack Farrell is a Senior Environmental Analyst, President and Founder of Analytical Excellence, Inc. (AEX). Since its inception in 1993, AEX has been an independent strictly confidential consulting firm specializing in environmental laboratory operations, analysis and matters concerning the generation of analytical data to support effective compliance decision-making and aspects of litigation. AEX's clientele consist of well-known small and large laboratory companies, instrument manufacturers, engineering firms, state and federal regulatory agencies and legal practice firms.