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If your laboratory is accredited, you are required to participate in a Proficiency Sample Program (PSP) in the areas that are applicable to your areas of accreditation. This requirement is a tool for your laboratory to monitor not only quality but to identify any testing issues that may arise with erroneous data. You can track trending

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After nearly one year in the planning and development of version 2.0, the upgrade went live on March 12th! We are closely tracking any issues that may arise, and listening to user feedback.   Important to Note We are checking for browser compatibility, and at this point Chrome and Firefox are working the best. We

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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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I’m often asked what equipment is required to be maintained in a laboratory’s QMS inventory. To answer this question let’s take a look at the guidelines of AASHTO R18, section 6.1.1. It is stated that a laboratory shall maintain an inventory of major sampling, calibration, standardization, check equipment and measurement standards. Major equipment is defined

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Q&As: WebEx, e-mails and calls When your laboratory becomes a user of R18LabQMS it comes with access to the management team that includes e-mail and phone consulting, and WebEx online conference overviews as necessary. Additionally, there is a knowledge base that can be accessed once you are in the application by going to the upper

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The best way The best way to keep your Quality Manual updated is to schedule a small portion of your time and review the recurring items each month, once this area is completed, most changes will be few and far between. The biggest challenge with most labs is keeping up with their cal/check/standards and maintenance

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By Gary Irvine Since I began managing our accreditation program it seemed to be a daunting task at times. I have learned one very important factor – be intentional with your daily activities. I’m an avid podcast listener, especially when it comes to business and leadership. One of the topics that is thrown around now

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Have you ever considered a project without the best tools available at home or your office? Let’s look at an example of trying to maintain a nice yard with two acres to cut, and don’t forget all the peripheral trimming that might be involved to really do an effective job in a reasonable period of

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If a construction worker showed up on the job site with literally only a cup of coffee and he asked the boss, “Well, what’s the plan for today?” what would be his reaction? Common sense tells us the boss would expect not only the right tools but also the best tools to get the job

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