|About the Lab|
Since October 1994, the Commission’s laboratory has been located
on the campus of the College of Staten Island (CSI) in Staten
Island, New York. The laboratory primarily analyzes non-potable
water samples collected throughout the Commission’s District.
Sources of samples include effluent, influent and other samples collected from municipal and industrial effluents as part of the commission’s facility inspections as well as ambient water samples collected during water quality monitoring surveys. In addition, the laboratory is open to other opportunities to provide analytical services for partners throughout the region.
Environmental Commission’s laboratory is recognized
as a nationally accredited environmental laboratory.
Since 2000, the laboratory has held accreditation
through the National Environmental Laboratory
Approval Program (NELAP). NELAP, sponsored by The
NELAC Institute (TNI), is a program that relies on
the best professional practices in the industry to
develop standards that foster the generation of data
of known and documented quality. The program is then
implemented by state agencies recognized by TNI as
accreditation bodies. The IEC laboratory holds NELAP
accreditation through both the Environmental
Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) of the New York
State Department of Health (NYS DOH) (Lab ID: 10437,
www.health.state.ny.us) and the New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP)
Office of Quality Assurance (Lab ID: NY240,
www.nj.gov/dep/oga). Although Connecticut does not
participate in NELAP, the laboratory is also
certified by the Connecticut Department of Public
Health as an approved environmental laboratory (Lab
ID: PH 0320,
The Commission’s laboratory is dedicated to producing technically and legally defensible environmental data, through sound science and a comprehensive quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) program. Samples collected and analyzed by the IEC laboratory are done so according to analyte-specific standard operating procedures (SOP’s) outlined in the Commission’s SOP manual, the Commission’s Quality Control Manual and the Commission’s Health and Safety Manual. These documents are reviewed annually and updated as needed to ensure alignment with current NELAC standards.
In addition, all work pertaining to projects that involve data collection, sampling and analysis is performed according to approved Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs). Through adherence to, and continual improvement of its established quality system, the Commission’s laboratory continuously strives to generate qualitative and quantitative data to be used in decision making by environmental managers and researchers.
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