The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is the first
state regulatory agency in the country to approve and certify the
use of field analytical methods as part of their "Triad Approach," without compromising data quality and
reliability. Using UVF for real-time measurement is
one such technique that can result in more time and cost effective site
characterization and cleanup. NJ DEP's Office of Quality Assurance
(OQA) performed an on-site audit and required Sitelab to prepare a very
thorough QA/QC package as part of their Environmental Laboratory Certification Program (ELCP).
This webpage highlights Sitelab's laboratory certification process
and how we can be used for TPH applications in New Jersey.
Certification ID #MA013, Category Code SHW12. Expiration Date:
June 30, 2015.
This was a first
for Sitelab. By approving the use of UVF field analytical
methods, people can now use Sitelab Corporation to test TPH in
replacement of conventional laboratory methods. The
certification process, however, wasn't easy. It was expensive,
time consuming and a lot of hard work. The DEP's Office of Quality
Assurance required Sitelab to comply to the same, tough standards
conventional fixed-based laboratories must adhere to.
A 4-hour audit was
performed at a DEP facility located in Trenton, where OQA scientists
and administrators watched how contaminated samples were
tested and reported using Sitelab's UVF-3100 analyzer, including a
number of quality controls performed to verify the instrumentation
was operating properly and the test method was sound.
Following the audit, Sitelab was then
required to prepare a very detailed Standard Operating Procedure
(SOP), supported by a QA/QC package with corrective actions taken
for deficiencies identified during the audit. Examples include
five MDL studies performed, by testing 7 replicate soils containing
low level concentrations of either fresh gasoline, home heating oil,
crude oil and coal tar. OQA also required all traceability
records relating to UVF instruments and use of calibration
standards, including copies of Certificates of Analysis,
second-source quality assurance materials and other supporting
"We have successfully
used this field method and it allowed us to improve our
understanding of the nature and extent of contamination by giving us
real-time data and more sample results than we would have been able
to afford using just fixed-lab analyses."
Nancy Rothman, Ph.D, CEO
& Principle Scientist
New Environmental Horizons, Inc. provides advanced data planning
and usability services to ensure all data generated
during assessment projects meets applicable regulatory requirements.
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