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Managing Laboratory Support Equipment - Calibration, Verification, and Maintenance

August 16, 2022: 10:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

Webinar


Course Description:

Most laboratories have more balances, ovens, water baths, and thermometers than they do GC/MS systems, yet comparatively little attention is paid to the calibration, verification, and maintenance of support equipment as opposed to analytical equipment. At the end of the day, however, the accuracy of your analytical result may depend more on your pipette than your triple-quad. This course will teach you everything you need to know to keep your support equipment within specifications and working as designed. 

Understand how to establish a support equipment maintenance program. Know how to document support equipment maintenance. Understanding how to address requirements vs. recommendations.

Basic overview of support equipment lifecycle and basic reliability operational assessment. How to determine whether the equipment is healthy-reliable. 

Understand the impact on final results when support equipment does not meet specifications. 

Expected benefit of training?
Support equipment verification and maintenance can become unwieldy if not organized, planned, and kept up to date. Most questions asked during an assessment is concerned with support equipment. There are many different ways to conform to the standards and regulations, this webinar will include myriad examples.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what qualifies as support equipment (V1M2 – Section 5.5.13.1). 
  • Understand how to uniquely identify or name support equipment. 
  • Understand how often support equipment must be verified. 
  • Understand how often support equipment must be calibrated. 
  • Understand the difference between verification and calibration. 
  • Understand when/whether brand new equipment should be verified/calibrated. 
  • Understand how to appropriately document verification/calibration. 
  • Understand how to document daily checks of support equipment. 
  • Know what traceability means, and how the concept applies to the environmental laboratory. 
  • Learn the distinction between reference standards and reference materials. 
  • Learn tips and techniques for performing verifications/calibrations in-house. 
  • Understand the microbiology-specific support equipment requirements (V1M5 Section 1.7.3.7.b).

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for Accreditation Bodies, Assessors, Internal Auditors, Quality Managers, Analysts, and Laboratory Managers..

Cost:

$110 per person for TNI members
$125 per person for TNI non-members
$525 per group of 5-10 students at same location for TNI members
$625 per group of 5-10 students at same location for TNI non-members


A certificate is included with the course and will be provided by the trainer.

Format:
Webinar

Start Date:
Tuesday 16th August 2022, 10:00am EDT

Length:
6 hours

CEUs: 0.6

Presented By:


Tony Francis

About the Presenter:

Tony Francis received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Utah followed by a post-doctoral appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He then owned and operated a commercial laboratory in Las Vegas, NV for many years. Dr. Francis has taught several introductory and advanced biology and chemistry at Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico, the College of Southern Nevada, and Utah Valley University. He has delivered many Data Integrity and Ethics training courses to laboratories across the United States. He has created and delivered many online training webinars covering many aspects of quality systems, most recently for IAS.Tony is currently the Lead Assessor for SAW Environmental performing 40+ assessments per year for TCEQ, FDOH, IAS, and A2LA.