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Assessor Technical Training: Whole Effluent Toxicity


SYNOPSIS

This course provides examples of the assessment process for whole effluent toxicity (WET) technology/methods within The NELAC Institute (TNI) environmental laboratory standard framework. (a.k.a.: NELAP) The principles for assessing specific technical disciplines within the laboratory operations are presented. The emphasis of this course is sample preparation, toxicity techniques defined by EPA for WET and an overview of performing assessments for other toxicity procedures, e.g. ASTM.

The rationale for assessing is based on proven quality principals that allow the determination of adherence to the defined system for the technical operations. The system standards used during this course are the 2016 TNI Environmental Laboratory standard. Personnel with a basic science background assess operations by conducting an assessment of a laboratory system and technical operations to assure conformance to the stated management system and the mandated methods.

Personnel successfully completing the course will acquire the following:

  • Knowledge sufficient to assess the implementation of the technology by the laboratory
  • An understanding of the process for preforming whole effluent toxicity (bioassay)
  • An understanding of the key elements of data packages, and raw data to review and assess effectively.

The course presents the fundamentals of how to assess technical operations for the following matrices and methods:

  1. Fresh Water and Saline (Marine) Water
  2. Sediments and Soils
  3. Acute and Chronic Methods
  4. Bioaccumulation of Contaminants Methods using a variety of organisms

Course Background
Accreditation of laboratories is based on a single set of standards developed by The NELAC Institute (TNI). Members represent federal agencies, state programs and the private sector. This single standard is a uniform standard for all laboratories.

The standard developed by TNI incorporates current state program requirements and the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005, "General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories." The standard includes all quality assurance (QA) policies and quality control (QC) procedures that must be presented in either a QA Manual or laboratory procedures to help ensure and document the quality of the data produced.

Laboratories seeking accreditation under NELAP must assure implementation of all QA policies and the essential applicable QC procedures specified in Volume 1 of the TNI standard. The QA policies are applicable to environmental laboratories regardless of the size and complexity.

This course has been revised and materials updated to meet the requirements of the 2016 TNI Environmental Laboratory Standard for technical assessor training.

The TNI standards may be purchased on the web at www.nelac-institute.org.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Personnel successfully completing the course will acquire the following:

  • Knowledge sufficient to assess the implementation of the technology by the laboratory.
  • An understanding of the process for preforming whole effluent toxicity (bioassay)
  • An understanding of the key elements of data packages, and raw data to review and check effectively.

Final Exam

  • Students must prepare for the final exam prior to attending the class. Students must read TNI EL Volumes 1 and 2 of the 2016 standard. Students are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the technology and standard before the course starts. You must obtain a 70% score from the final exam and the class exercise to “successfully complete” the course. (NELAP assessors: You are required to have successfully completed technical assessor-training as stated in the 2016 TNI EL Standard.) The exams will be based solely on the 2016 TNI EL Volumes 1 and 2.

    All students receive a certificate of course attendance if attending all webinar sessions but not successfully completing the test. Students with test scores of greater than 70% receive a certificate of course completion. All students receive a certificate of course attendance if attending all webinar sessions but not successfully completing the test.

    Final Exam and Data Review Exercise

    The exam is 75 questions worth 1 point each. The Data Review Exercise is worth 25 points. The total points are 100.

    You must obtain a 70% score to “successfully complete” the course. (NELAP assessors: You are required to have successfully completed the technical assessor-training course.)

    At the present time TNI, NELAC and NELAP does not approve training courses.

    This course is not endorsed or approved by TNI, NELAC or NELAP. It is up to the accreditation body to approve a technical assessor-training course in order to qualify its assessors.

Agenda

Day 1, November 4, 2019
Introductions & Logistics                                                                      2 hours
Chapter 1: 2016 TNI EL Standards
Review standard Volume 1 (Proficiency Testing)
Technical applications (Volume 1 Module 2, Section 5 and Module 4 and 7)

Break 10 minutes

Chapter 2: Basic Principles                                                               1.75 hour
Review technology including organisms and matrices Personnel, Measurement Traceability, Environmental Conditions Equipment, Method Validation
Review other related procedures from ASTM

Day 2, November 6, 2019
Chapter 3: Quality Control and Criteria                                              1 hour
Essential QC: Volume 1, Module 2 Section 5.9
Chemistry Volume 1, Module 4
WET Volume 1, Module 7

Break 10 minutes

Statistical Data Analysis and Reporting                                             1.25 hour
Exercises in the evaluation of raw data to reported results
Data Review Exercise (Exam score 25 % of your grade)
Return Exam November 7 before start of class                  1.75 hours offline

Day 3, November 7, 2019
Review and Questions from Day 1 & 2                                              2 hours
Chapter 4: Essential Elements for Assessing Data
Recordkeeping Volume 2, Module 2, Section 4.13
Key information to completely document the reported results from the assessment, Writing findings and the assessment report content

Break 10 minutes

Sample Handling, Controls, Feeding                                                1.75 hours
Ways To Detect Improper Practices

Day 4, November 8, 2019
Chapter 5: Final Examination                                                              2 hours
Scoring
Exam 1.5 hours open book, no computers
Return exam via email to instructor and TNI trainer

Break 10 minutes

Chapter 6: Summary and Questions                                               1.75 hours
Review Data Review Exercise
Review Examination Answers
Evaluation Forms


Course Fee:
$600 for TNI Members
$700 for Non-TNI Members

CEUs:
1.6

Format:
Webinar

Start Date:
Monday 4th November 2019, 12:00pm EST

Length:
4 days

Presented By:


Marlene Moore

About the Presenter:
Marlene Moore founded Advanced Systems, Inc. in February 1992 as a consulting company specializing in quality systems for laboratory and sampling operations. She brings together the needs of quality system management, measurement operations and regulatory compliance.

Marlene Moore has worked and managed sampling and testing laboratories for over twenty years before providing her expertise to others. Current work includes assessing for laboratory accreditation programs to ISO/IEC 17025 and assessing to ISO/IEC 17065 for conformity assessment certification programs. Assessments are performed for A2LA, ANAB and ANSI. Additional assessor and auditor training was completed under the EPA Safe Drinking Water Program for State certification laboratory auditors for inorganic, organic and microbiology and as an ISO auditor for ISO 9000. Formerly an RAB ASQ/ANSI registered auditor.