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Afternoon, With the release of v1.9.5, we experienced a few issues with the update that caused a few bugs with the application. Primarily, this involved procedures appearing on the Dashboard as “Never Completed” even though a procedure had been completed previously. Going forward, the update will prevent procedures from appearing on the Dashboard as “Never Completed” which

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We have released a new update to the application, one we think will go a long way in how you manage equipment and procedures, among a few other things. For both of these items just mentioned we have made significant improvements on how a piece of equipment is created, as well as any need to

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This is to notify you that at 10 p.m. (EST) Thursday, June 22nd, the application will undergo site maintenance and will be inaccessible until 12 a.m. (EST) Friday, June 23rd. After completion of the maintenance, you may come across temporary outages of the application or limited capabilities of application for 24-48 hours after the scheduled

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Technician training procedures and competency evaluations are key components to maintaining your QMS. All technical staff working in the laboratory and performing testing are required to be trained on the test methods and demonstrate competency for performing the test method. Technician training and evaluation may include any or all of the following; on the job training, formal

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Having an accountability mechanism or guardrails in place in regard to maintaining your quality management system is becoming more important than ever. While accreditation strives to play that role with assessors typically visiting laboratories on-site every 12 to 30 months. It is possible for a laboratory to go for months or close to two years without interacting with

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Equipment procedures are the most overlooked part of a laboratory’s QMS, and quite possibly the most misunderstood, especially by those new to the accreditation process. I have found that most laboratories tend to have their own version or interpretation of what they understand AASHTO R18 expects. While R18LabQMS allows the user to create procedure forms

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In our February 29th blog earlier this year we talked about equipment inventory guidelines. I’m going to hit on a few points about equipment procedures and what is required. Laboratories often ask how they can get started with accreditation especially when it comes to the required documentation in writing and developing a comprehensive cal/check/standard and

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On April 13, 2016, the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials released the newest version of AASHTO R18. There are many significant changes that a laboratory will need to address but the good news is that laboratories will have one year to adopt and adapt to the new version, the AAP will expect all laboratories to be

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It was just announced the 2016 version of AASHTO R18 is now available. View the summary of changes to R18 for 2016; if you have an online subscription to the AASHTO Standards you can access them now. Laboratories are expected to fully adopt the changes in the new version of R18 within one year of

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Let’s focus on what makes up the Quality Manual using R18LabQMS. While there is much flexibility that we will discuss, the QMS sections are numbered and correspond to AASHTO R18 in the management and technical sections 5 and 6. As the standard changes the application is updated to reflect those changes which we are anticipating

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