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TNI Training Course Schedule: October 2021


The NELAC Institute (TNI) provides an updated schedule each month for upcoming classes and new recorded webcasts. You can expect to receive this schedule the middle of each month.






Click the title of each course to be directed to the course webpage.


WEBINARS:

NEW DATES:

October 26 and 28, 2021

How to Properly and Scientifically Calibrate an Analytical System Instructor: Jack Farrell; Analytical Excellence, Inc.


RESCHEDULED:

October 27, 2021

Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Testing - Data Interpretation Training Instructors: Theresa Norberg-King, former USEPA; Katie Payne, Nautilus Environmental; Stephen Clark, Pacific EcoRisk; Natalie Love, GEI Consultants


December 7 and 9, 2021

Introduction to Proper and Scientific Integration Techniques for Chromatographic Systems Instructor: Jack Farrell; Analytical Excellence, Inc.


WEBCASTS:


Recorded

Basic Statistics for Environmental Laboratories Instructor: Tony Francis, PhD


Recorded

Brown Bag 11: Contracts and Tenders & Service to Client Requirements and Implementation Ideas Instructor: Mei Beth Shepherd; Shepherd Technical Services


Recorded

Understanding Data, Data Review, and Data Management for Chemical Testing Instructors: Silky and John Labie; ELCAT, LLC


Recorded

Electronic Records Management Instructor: Tony Francis, PhD

 

Prices are shown for TNI members and Non-TNI members. Group pricing is also available as detailed. You can view course information below or click on the Register Now button for each offering to be directed to the full course and registration page on the TNI website.

 

WEBINARS


Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing - Data Interpretation Training RESCHEDULED: October 27, 2021 TNI Members: $60 ea.; Group of 5 - 10 students at same location: $275 Non-TNI Members: $75 ea.; Group of 5 - 10 students at same location: $350 Recommended Audience: WET Laboratory Directors, Managers, and staff. WET assessors, regulators, and data users can also benefit from this class.


Summary:

This training is designed to help laboratories, assessors, and regulators gain a better understanding of the tools that are available to them to assist in interpreting the results of their whole effluent toxicity (WET) tests. Environmental Protection Agency’s WET methods are prescriptive for many things, but they do not detail some of the nuances that may occur in WET results. While EPA has published errata and guidance to assist in WET interpretation, various aspects of these updates are not known by all labs. This training will provide information about the various guidance documents and discuss the benefits of using the various guidance documents along with the EPA test method manuals. This training will discuss the 2017 EPA Errata, the 2002 Effluent Toxicity test manuals, the 2000 EPA Method Guidance and Recommendations for Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Testing, and the 2000 EPA Variability Guidance, along with other EPA WET data interpretation techniques. At the end of this course, laboratories, assessors, and regulators will have a better understanding of the procedures for WET testing along with various ways the data can be analyzed and evaluated. Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the WET test acceptability requirements and testing requirements that must be met

  • Understand the baseline testing conditions that must be verified before data analysis is initiated

  • Understand the different analysis steps that must be completed for failing tests vs. passing tests

  • Understand the difference between point estimates and hypothesis statistical analyses

  • Understand which components of EPA’s Method Guidance and Recommendations currently apply and which do not

  • Understand that concentration-response analysis is required for data interpretation

  • Understand how to assess concentration-response curves based on EPA’s Method Guidance document

  • Understand coefficient of variation and reference toxicant data and how they impact test results

  • Understand how dilution series impacts test results

  • Understand the role PMSD plays in data interpretation when hypothesis testing is required in the permit

  • Understand the role best professional judgement plays in data interpretation

  • Understand the various components of communication at each step of the testing process

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Instructor(s):

Natalie Love is the Laboratory Director at GEI Consultants, Inc. with a variety of experience including three years of lab experience previous to GEI, 15 years WET lab experience, macroinvertebrate sorting, WET data analysis, TIE testing, WET data interpretation, NPDES permitting, bioassessments, habitat surveys, analysis of data, and field work. Natalie has extensive experience in the formulation of QA/QC procedures and staff operations for lab facilities. She completed her B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado and her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. In addition to her laboratory work, Natalie serves in numerous professional organizations including the Rocky Mountain Water Quality Analysts Association (RMWQAA), The Water Environment Federation, Rocky Mountain Chapter Laboratory Practices Committee, The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Aquatic Toxicity Testing Interest Group, and the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing Expert Committee. Natalie holds a Level 3 RMWQAA Certification.


Teresa Norberg-King is a subject matter expert of the development and application of effective methods for identifying significant stressors and effects in aquatic systems where effluent and sediment contamination are of concern. Teresa has been a subject matter expert for The NELAC Institute for several years.


Teresa was formerly with the USEPA Office of Research and Development laboratory where her research interests included chemical testing, mixtures, bioaccumulation, effluent and sediment toxicology, toxicity identification evaluations, toxicity of major ions (TDS) and early life stage fish testing.


Over the course of her career at EPA, she focused on various biological approaches for assessing impacts of chemicals and mixtures of chemicals on aquatic ecosystems. She is one of the two authors that developed the widely used 7-d Ceriodaphnia dubia and 7-d fathead minnow tests, that are now part of the requirements for the NPDES testing program. She also co-authored the toxicity identification evaluations documents and the sediment toxicity testing methods for invertebrates. With her research, Teresa has contributed to major improvements in water quality by working to identify environmental contaminants and developing and validating toxicity tests to predict their effects in the environment. As a national technical expert, she provided assistance to EPA's program offices and regions on fish kills, litigation support for promulgating toxicity test methods, and technical expertise for litigation on illegal discharges. In fact, Teresa was awarded EPA's highest honor, a Gold Medal, for the expert analysis of the toxicity and toxicity identification evaluation for one study. Teresa received her bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and her master's degree from the University of Wyoming while working for USEPA. In her free time, Teresa enjoys camping with her husband, taking walks with her boxer, and most of all being with her family.


Katie Payne is an environmental scientist who has a passion for applying toxicology, biology, and ecology to understand, navigate, and solve complex environmental issues. Katie is the Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager for Nautilus Environmental, an accredited laboratory that specializes in a full range of toxicity testing located in San Diego, CA. With over 10 years of experience in aquatic toxicity, Katie is well versed in conducting routine and specialized freshwater, marine, and sediment toxicity tests utilizing a variety of organisms. In her current role, her focus is production of the highest quality toxicity data through development and implementation of the laboratory QA plan and standard operating procedures. Katie attended the University of San Diego and received a B.A. with dual majors in biology and economics.


Stephen Clark is Vice President at Pacific EcoRisk (PER) an environmental consulting and testing firm established in 1994 and located in of Fairfield, California. Stephen’s 32 years of experience in aquatic toxicology includes serving in the past as Quality Manager and Laboratory Director at PER’s NELAP-accredited laboratory that provides freshwater, estuarine, and marine testing of waters and sediment, bioaccumulation testing in sediments and soils, and chemical product testing. Stephen obtained his B.S. degree in biology from CSU Stanislaus and performed his Ph.D. dissertation research on biomarkers in an estuarine clam in the U.C. Davis Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate group.

 

How to Properly and Scientifically Calibrate an Analytical System


NEW DATES:

October 26 and 28, 2021

TNI Members: $135 ea.

Non-TNI Members: $150 ea.

No Groups


Recommended Audience: Managers, Supervisors, Analysts, Quality Assurance Staff, Laboratory Auditors and Assessors, Data Validators


Summary:

Proper calibration and calibration verification of analytical systems are critical cornerstones to the generation of accurate and reliable data. Understanding the strengths of calibration options and the limitations of computerized data systems will assure proper calibrations and efficient operational practices. This interactive training series focuses on the critical importance of properly calibrating organic and inorganic analytical systems. A variety of options for calibrating and verifying calibration for instrumental and non-instrumental analytical systems are discussed along with proper practices, documentation practices, and advantages and disadvantages that are associated with different types of calibration curves. Particular attention is given to differentiating between proper and improper calibration procedures so that participants will have a clear understanding of what is acceptable practice and what is not.

This 6–hour training series is divided into two 3-hour sessions and provides practical, comprehensive, and invaluable guidance on understanding the principles of calibration using lecture, discussion, and exercises. One of the objectives and focus of this training is to present material that participants can consider in their daily activities.

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Instructor(s): Jack Farrell; Analytical Excellence, Inc. (AEX)


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.

 

Introduction to Proper and Scientific Integration Techniques for Chromatographic Systems Date(s): December 7 and 9, 2021 TNI Members: $180 ea. Non-TNI Members: $195 ea. No Groups Recommended Audience: Managers, Supervisors, Analysts, Quality Assurance Staff, Laboratory Auditors and Assessors, Data Validators


Summary:

The complexity of environmental chromatography, both organic and inorganic, has raised a number of serious issues in the generation of data. One issue that has caused significant difficulty centers on the proper set up of instrument integration parameters and the use of manual integration techniques. In an open letter to environmental laboratories dated September 5, 2002, the EPA-OIG expressed a strong concern regarding the misuse of manual integration techniques to bypass quality control requirements. It has, therefore, become increasingly important for analysts and data reviewers to be well versed in the techniques of quantification and integration of complex chromatographic analyses. Additionally, having a chromatographic system that is properly optimized minimizes the need for manual integration, extra effort, and documentation, and increases productivity.


The two 2-hour webinars will focus on the fundamental issues of automated and manual integration techniques, emphasizing proper technical requirements for sound integration, optimizing chromatography, proper documentation of manual integrations, and problems associated with improper integration techniques. The class will use interactive discussions, presentations, and live data examples with problem solving techniques to demonstrate proper techniques and processes in relation to chromatography, published methods, and meeting the TNI Standard requirements. Chromatographic analysis principles considered in this training include those applicable to GC, GC/MS, HPLC, and ion chromatography. This information and the specific techniques applicable to environmental samples are not generally taught in most secondary schools, by instrument vendors, or in-house. Presentations and discussions will focus on when and how to properly manually correct integrations to assure the integrations are accurate, reproducible, consistent, and representative of the response.


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Instructor(s): Jack Farrell; Analytical Excellence, Inc. (AEX)


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.


 

WEBCASTS


Basic Statistics for Environmental Laboratories Date: Recorded TNI Members: $165 Non-TNI Members: $180 Recommended Audience: Laboratory management (Laboratory Director/Technical Manager/Quality Assurance Manager), supervisors, and key laboratory staff


Course Description:

This seminar provides an introduction to basic statistical concepts and techniques used for the collection, organization, analysis, and presentation of various types of laboratory data, including how to assess the relationship between two variables and methods for calculation and evaluation of measurement performance indicators in an environmental laboratory.


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Instructor: Tony Francis, PhD


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.

 

Brown Bag 11: Contracts and Tenders & Service to Client Requirements and Implementation Ideas


Date: Recorded

TNI Members: $75 ea.

Non-TNI Members: $90 ea.


Recommended Audience: Quality and administrative staff for all laboratories including commercial, captive (in-house) and municipal labs.


Summary:

All laboratories (including captive and municipal laboratories) need to know what work is coming in, when and what it takes to perform the analysis. A laboratory needs to consider how contracts and tenders are handled and what Service to the Client means. Once a work request is received or inquiries are made it is the laboratory’s responsibility to review if the request can be met and how this review is to be documented. The discussion will include the components required to accomplish a successful review and the generation and maintenance of the documentation of any requested new work, tender and contract. Additionally, the course will address what constitutes new work in the commercial, captive, and public laboratory and what is considered routine work. Guidance will be given for providing feedback to the client and how to document final decisions made. Fundamental to the training will be working definitions for “Request”, “Tender”, and “Contract” as these terms are often misunderstood, especially in smaller laboratories. The objective of the class is to provide guidance in meeting TNI’s 2016 Standard – Section 4.4 - Review of Requests, Tenders and Contracts. A laboratory needs to consider how contracts and tenders are handled.


The class will cover the intent of the Standard’s Section 4.7 Service to the Client by providing ideas on how to ensure your laboratory is meeting your clients’ needs on an ongoing basis. The course will include appropriate discussion topics to have with clients to ensure you are providing services and data that satisfy the needs of the end user.


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Instructor: Mei Beth Shepherd; Shepherd Technical Services

Mei Beth Shepherd is a principal of Shepherd Technical Services, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Baylor University in 1986.

With STS, she provides technical consulting services focusing on laboratory quality assurance, laboratory accreditation, operational management, and independent data review and validation. Ms. Shepherd has served as a member of the TNI Information Technology and Policy Committees, and is currently an approved Assessor for DoD/DOE ELAP, and for NELAP. As part of STS, she performs NELAP assessments for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, The Florida Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Health, and Louisiana Department of Quality as a contractor.


While not travelling the laboratory globe, Mei Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and their two miniature dachshunds.

 

Understanding Data, Data Review, and Data Management for Chemical Testing


Date: Recorded

TNI Members: $180 ea.

Non-TNI Members: $195


Recommended Audience: Analysts, laboratory quality staff, laboratory technical directors, data reviewers, and data users


Summary:

The objective of the course is to present techniques for data handling, review, and evaluation/verification. The course is for laboratory personnel applying the TNI Standard in chemistry laboratories. The fundamental concepts include review of calibration curve calculations, maintaining data records, reporting results to clients, applying internal data review procedures, understanding the TNI requirements, and evaluating quality control results in chemistry laboratories. This course will identify the basic QC measures or concepts, discuss how each should be prepared and the rationale behind the frequency of analysis, how the associated samples results can be evaluated based on QC results and the significance and impact of the results on the related sample set.


The course is based on a combination of essential quality control concepts outlined in TNI Environmental Laboratory Standard Volume 1 Modules 2 and EPA 40 CFR Part 136.7. Examples from various technical disciplines (radiochemistry, chemistry, etc.) will be used to illustrate how the concept is used in different situations.

Test methods specify certain QC measures that must be performed. In some cases, there is little information on how to evaluate the results, and there is rarely any published justification for performing the measure. Many analysts perform the QC measures because “the method or the TNI Standard requires it”, but do not understand the purpose of the measurement, or how the results help to characterize the quality of the related sample set. Data associated with “Bad” or ‘Unacceptable” QC data is traditionally thought to be unusable and subject to rejection by the data user. Understanding the underlying principles of QC measures help laboratories and clients make informed decisions from sample results.


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Instructors: Silky and John Labie; ELCAT, LLC


The principals of ELCAT, LLC collectively have over 70 years of experience in laboratory and field quality management. ELCAT, LLC provides extensive training of laboratory and field personnel in sampling techniques, quality management and training that addresses the requirements of the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP). It performs readiness audits for laboratories who desire to improve their quality system for the purposes of NELAP accreditation. ELCAT presents training and presentations on quality-related topics such as method performance, data integrity, corrective and preventive actions, root-cause analysis, data usability, and the role of quality managers. The company is used exclusively by the University of Florida Center for Training, Research & Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO) for all off-site training of field personnel. It is regularly asked to provide presentations at the Florida Society of Environmental Analysts (FSEA) meetings. ELCAT, LLC has also provided training and presentations for New York City, the State of Virginia, and The NELAC Institute (TNI).

 

Electronic Records Management


Date: Recorded

TNI Members: $95 ea.

Non-TNI Members: $110


Recommended Audience: Laboratory management (Laboratory Director/Technical Manager/Quality Assurance Manager), supervisors, and key laboratory staff.


Summary:

Records play a big part in determining the quality and usefulness of the data, both hard copy and electronic. This class focuses on how electronic records might be used. With many labs moving to the use of electronic records, it becomes important to understand how these are handled.

The objective of this class is to provide guidance in meeting TNI’s 2016 standard (EL-V1M2-2016- Rev 2.1: Quality Systems General Requirements Sections 4.13 Control of Records; 4.16 Data Integrity, 5.5-5.10 traceability, collection, handling, testing and reporting of results). This would also include ideas for how to locate state requirements.


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Instructor: Tony Francis, PhD


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.

 

We are always interested in your ideas for future courses. The TNI Training Committee has developed a Training Opportunities Workgroup that reviews ideas and helps to prepare preliminary course descriptions that are used to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) to find instructors for needed courses. Please send your ideas to Ilona Taunton (Ilona.taunton@nelac-institute.org), TNI Training Coordinator.

 

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