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Workshop Excellence Webinar Series
Practical Implementation of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Requirements

November Topic:

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

November 1, 2012 (Thurs) 12-3pm EST

Course Description:

Reputation and credibility are vital to an organization's success. This 3-hour interactive webinar 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 will be 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

Cost: The NELAC Institute (TNI) Member: $75 TNI Non-member: $85

The Quality Assurance and Accreditation Brown Bag Series
This is the forth in a series of webinars focused on the roles and activities of a quality manager in NELAP. The first three of these have been converted into on-demand webcasts. This allows you the opportunity to view the webinar as it was presented at your leisure. 

  • Understanding and Implementing LOD and LOQ and their relationship to MDL and PQL
  • Corrective Action Process and Root Cause Analysis
  • Internal Audits and Management Review

These webcasts can be found at:

These webinars were very well attended and feedback from the participants was very positive.  We hope that you take advantage of this training opportunity.  If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Parr ([email protected]).


Additional webinars in this series are scheduled approximately monthly. This is the forth in the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Series. Look for information on the following Workshop Excellence offerings and tentative dates. MARK THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!!

Establishing a Data Integrity Plan
Roles of the Technical & Quality Manager in the Lab
Method Selection and Validation Topics
December 7, 2012
February 8, 2013
March 1, 2013

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


Start Date:
Thursday 1st November 2012, 12:00pm

3 hours

Presented By:

Jack Farrell

About the Presenter:

Jack Farrell has more than 40 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.