The Regional Water Authority laboratory maintains a rigorous training program for all staff members and employees. This ensures that data obtained either meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements. Training is provided both internally and externally to assure that adequate knowledge and skills are developed. This helps the analysts provide the level of expertise that is required in the profession.
Our management team is committed to improving training and the understanding of quality documentation policy implementation and procedures.
All new hires are given the QA/QC plan, Standard Operating Procedures and EPA approved methods of interest to review. At this point, the Laboratory Manager or their designee will review the information provided and be available for questions or concerns.
Working With Trainers
Once the new hire has completed all the required reading, they are assigned a trainer. Trainers will provide the new hire with applied direction and guidance. The trainer must have a current Employee Approval Training Sheet sign-off for the procedure in their Personnel Training Record.
The trainer will be held responsible for the employees training. Trainers will provide all the information required to perform required procedures within EPA and the Regional Water Authority guidelines. Depending on the trainee’s qualification and experience, the training period may vary from a few weeks to a few months.
Trainees must make sure that they understand the information being communicated to them. They should ask questions about anything they do not understand which might compromise the performance of a procedure. The practical training is concluded at the time it is determined that the individual can perform the procedures required without assistance and the initial demonstration of capability is completed.
In many instances where a compliant method requires both an IDC and MDL study the new hire will perform these studies prior to their release from the assigned staff. In addition, Employee Approval Training Sheet is completed and approved by the laboratory manager.
Along with the training provided to new hires, all employees are encouraged to continue expanding their knowledge base. Regional Water Authority does pay for employees to attend seminars or college classes and provides external trainers to discuss new instrumentation and new method techniques.