Preliminary Program - Field Conclave - June 4-6, 2024

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12:00 pmAutomated In-situ E.coli Monitoring for Reliable Risk Assessments in Presence of Free and Aggregated Bacteria
Dan Angelescu, Fluidion US Inc.
Current criteria for evaluating human health risks associated with agricultural, recreational and stormwater rely on manual sampling and regulatory-approved culture-based bacterial enumeration…
12:30 pmMicrobial Source Tracking of Bacterial Contamination in Recreational and Aquaculture Waters
Michael Pascucilla, East Shore District Health Department
Simple fecal indicator bacteria thresholds currently determine recreational beach closures. Water samples with bacteria counts exceeding thresholds initiate beach closures, but do not provide…
1:00 pmSpills and Kills: Investigating the Cause of Fish Mortality
Calista Daigle, Pace Analytical Services
Fishing is one of America’s favorite outdoor recreational activities. An estimated 50 million people fish in freshwater and saltwater each year. In the public eye, any loss of fish, whether due to…
1:30 pmRecent Advances in Waste Water Surveillance to Monitor Pathogens
Tyler Radniecki, Oregon State University
Wastewater surveillance has shown tremendous potential as a public health tool to monitor the spread of infectious diseases, locate infection “hot spots” within a community at the neighborhood or…
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2:15 pmFDA Investigation and Sampling Approach on/around Produce Farms
Brittany Nork, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, Produce Safety Network (ORA PSN)
FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs Produce Safety Network (ORA PSN) is the FDA’s lead investigations branch for regulatory activities (e.g., inspections, sampling) on produce farms. ORA PSN,…
2:45 pmDigital Methods: Revolutionizing Environmental Planning, Monitoring, Reporting, and Compliance Auditing
Russell Schindler, Sample Serve, Inc.
In the evolving landscape of environmental monitoring and assessment, the imperative shift from traditional methodologies to digital technologies marks a crucial evolution. Digital tools and…
3:15 pmOverview of ISO/IEC 17025 and TNI Field Standard: Management Review, Internal Auditing and Corrective Action
David Fricker, A2LA
This presentation offers an overview of three essential elements within the framework of ISO/IEC 17025 and the TNI Field Standard focusing on Management Review, Internal Auditing, and Corrective…

12:00 pmMobile VOC Monitoring on Vehicle and Aircraft Platforms
Maya Aboughanem, TOFWERKS
Volatile organic and inorganic compounds (VOCs and VICs) are emitted into the atmosphere from natural and anthropogenic sources, degrading ambient air quality and posing risks to human health and the…
12:30 pmAssessing Diurnal and Spatial Variations of PM2.5 in Urban Environments: A Case Study with Low-Cost Sensors in an Environmental Justice Community
Inkyu Han, Temple University College
Given established association between ambient air particulate matter (PM) and adverse health effects, evaluating community exposures to ambient air PM have drawn attention to community members.…
1:00 pmTNI Field Accredition Standard
Tracy Szerszen, PJLA
1:30 pmEfficient Sampling and Accreditation with Mobile LIMS
Hunter Nelson, LabWare Global Services, Inc.
The utilization of a mobile LIMS not only facilitates accreditation compliance, but also fosters a culture of continuous improvement both in the field sampling activities as well as in the laboratory.…
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2:15 pmOverview of ISO/IEC 17025 and TNI Field Standard: Storage and Equipment of Sample Reagents and Consumables and Field Sampling Reporting Requirements
Matt Sica, PJLA
This presentation will explore the essential requirements and best practices outlined in ISO/IEC 17025 and the TNI Field Activity Standard, General Requirements for Field Sampling and Measurement…
2:45 pmFSMO Accreditation in Latin America: A Challenging Approach
Lorena Villarreal, Consultant
One of the accreditation programs for organizations that perform sampling and measurements in the field is TNI’s National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), for TNI Field…
3:15 pmOverview of ISO/IEC 17025 and TNI Field Standard: Ensuring the Validity of Results
Patrick Selig, ANAB
ISO/IEC 17025 and the TNI FSMO standard both require sampling organizations to ensure the validity of their result. The result output from a sampling organization is the sample and associated…

12:00 pmField Activities Ethics and Data Integrity Training
Silky Labie, ELCAT LLC
In 2006, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued a report dedicated to improving drinking water laboratory integrity (Report No. 2006-P-00036).…
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2:30 pmHow Poor Sampling Practices impacts data.
Jerry Parr, TNI and Catalyst Information Resources, LLC
Over the years a number of sampling errors have resulted in unreliable results, such as misidentification of chemical compounds and data being rejected. These errors are repeatable and are not…
3:00 pmWhy do we need a Sampling Plan?
Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems, Inc.
The proposed TNI FSMO standard and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requires a sampling plan and method. This presentation will discuss the reason for sampling plans in the environmental data community. An…
3:30 pmReducing Uncertainty by Optimizing Sample Representativeness with Advanced Site Characterization Tools
John Sohl, Columbia Technologies