2017 OELA/ORELAP Annual Environmental Lab Workshop

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

The Oregon Environmental Laboratory Association (OELA) is pleased to announce that the May 24th OELA / ORELAP Annual Environmental Laboratory Conference will be held this year at The Salem Convention Center. This facility allows us a greatly increased area including separate rooms for breakout sessions and room in the large gallery area outside the meeting rooms for Vendor Exhibitor Displays. The expanded program features an introduction of the new ORELAP personnel, a presentation by David Emme, the new Drinking Water Services Program Manager and many more topics of interest. Please refer to the Program for presentation specifics and the names of the companies exhibiting their laboratory products.


Save the Date!

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Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, May 13, 2010.
OELA/ORELAP Annual Environmental Laboratory Workshop

Getting ready for the New TNI Lab Accreditation Standard that goes into effect July, 2011: A program that will be of interest to all environmental laboratories.
Registration information available at www.oelaonline.com . Click on the Events tab for the registration form..

Summary of Workshop

The NELAC Institute (TNI) National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) has adopted for use within the program four new accreditation standards:

Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis

General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Environmental Laboratories

General Requirements for Environmental Proficiency Test Providers

General Requirements for an Accreditor of Environmental Proficiency Test Providers

The new standards will replace the 2003 NELAC standard and will be implemented in 2011. All NELAP-accredited laboratories will need to comply with the new requirements by July 1, 2011. This workshop will review in detail the standard applicable to laboratories, briefly review the other three standards, and present the plan for implementation.


8:00 Registration
8:15 Welcome, Background and Implementation Schedule
8:45 Proficiency Testing Requirements Affecting Laboratories
9:30 Break
10:00 Quality Systems: General Requirements
12:00 Lunch Break (provided)
1:00 Quality Systems: Technical Requirements
2:00 Interpretations, Clarifications and Guidance
2:30 Accreditation Body Requirements Affecting Laboratories
3:00 Questions and Answers

New Meeting Location:

Northwest Viticulture Center 215 Doaks Ferry Rd. Salem, OR 97304 503.584.7272

Going to San Antonio

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Several OELA Board members will be attending the TNI/NEMC Forum in San Antonio Texas Aug 10-14. This will be my first chance to find out if the Alamo really has a basement as well as to see TNI in action. The National Environmental Measurement Conference meeting that is also taking place also has many interesting topics.

Check out the program by clicking on this link: http://www.nemc.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73:technical-program&catid=45:nemc-2009-info

May 15 Workshop Successful!

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Over sixty attendees were at the OElA/ORELAP Workshop in Salem on Friday, May 15. Thanks to all who helped with the program and all who were in attendance. (Don’t forget HACH and Wibby Environmental who sponsored our breaks.)Michael Skeels set the tone from the beginning with his Future of ORELAP presentation. Marlene Moore, our featured speaker, spoke on Small Laboratory Quality Systems and also moderated our first ever Assessor’s Forum. In fact there are two questions that didn’t get answered yet: One on how to perform a Microbiological continuing proficiency demonstration and another on whether or not you need to follow the 5th Edition of the EPA Drinking Water Certification Manual to the letter or just as “guidance”. We’ll let you know what the answer’s turn out to be.Copies of the speaker’s presentations are posted here. Just click on the links below:

Michael Skeels’ Future of ORELAP:

Dan Hickman’s TNI and ORELAP update:

Michelle Van Kleeck’s Electronic Data Reporting of Drinking Water Data:

Marlene Moore’s Small Lab Quality Systems:

Ethics and Data Integrity Training Presentation:

OELA/ORELAP May 15 Workshop Program

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For the first time, OELA will hold an Assessor Forum at our annual workshop. Questions may be submitted anonymously from any lab or employee concerning current interpretation of 2003 NELAC Standards or “deficiencies” on an on-site report. The questions will be discussed and evaluated at the Workshop. Email any issues you wish to have evaluated to kchapman@cityofsalem.net
Friday, May 15, is the date for the Joint OELA/ORELAP Spring Environmental Lab Accreditation Workshop. It will again be held at the Best Western Black Bear Inn in Salem, which is just to the southeast of the Market Street exit off of I-5. The exact address is Black Bear Inn – Conf. Center , 1600 Motor Court NE, Salem, OR .
The program and registration form will soon be posted on the OELA website.
For now you can Click on this link to see a printable registration form
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome: OELA President Keith Chapman, City of Salem
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM The Future of ORELAP – Dr. Michael Skeels, DHS
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM TNI & ORELAP Update Dan Hickman, DEQ
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break Sponsored by ERA
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM TNI Lab Survey & Small Laboratory Issues, Bennett Osborne, Valley Labs
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM ORELAP Technical Advisory Committee Presentation, Kevin Krefft, Linn Benton CC
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Electronic Reporting of Drinking Water Data, Michelle VanKleek, DHS
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM Quality Systems: Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Laboratory Ethics & Data Integrity: Train the Trainer, Dennis Wells, Environmental Science Corporation
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break Sponsored by HACH
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Assessor Forum ORELAP, Marlene Moore