Columbia Analytical Services

Posts Tagged ‘Department of Defense’

Columbia Analytical - Kelso Awarded DoD-ELAP Certificate of Accreditation

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

DoD-ELAPKELSO, Wash. – Columbia Analytical’s Kelso laboratory has met the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) and has been awarded a certificate of accreditation.

Kelso’s assessment was completed by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS of Alexandria, Virginia. The full scope of accreditation, including the list of analytes to which this accreditation applies, may be found on Columbia Analytical’s Kelso certification webpage: http://www.caslab.com/Certifications/kelso.php.

DoD-ELAP standardizes the laboratory testing requirements, those performed in support of environmental restoration programs (i.e. cleanup), of the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). The program aims to promote consistency among DoD Components, promote fair and open participation, facilitate the procurement of analytical services, and shift the expense of laboratory assessments from the DoD to the private sector.

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. is an employee-owned, full-service environmental analytical laboratory testing network established in 1986 and headquartered in Kelso, Washington. Their expertise encompasses air, water, dioxin, biological, pharmaceutical, solid and hazardous waste analyses.

For more information contact Columbia Analytical at 360-577-7222 or visit their website at www.caslab.com.

 

View DoD ELAP Accreditation Status of all labs

 

Columbia Analytical Pursues DoD ELAP Approval

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

United States Coat of ArmsColumbia Analytical’s Kelso laboratory is the first lab in the nation to have its assessment results submitted to the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). Laboratories which seek to perform new testing projects for DoD environmental restoration programs need the DoD ELAP accreditation by October 1, 2009, according to a memorandum released by the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

“Our laboratories are well-versed in DoD QSM requirements and have been providing testing services for the DoD for many years,” said Lee Wolf, Quality Assurance Director for Columbia Analytical. ”Since NELAP standards were already established as the baseline for our quality systems, implementation of the QSM and compliance with the new DoD ELAP will not pose any significant challenges to current systems.

DoD ELAP is a long-awaited program which standardizes the laboratory testing requirements of the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). The program elevates the standard for laboratory operations and quality systems implementation. The foundation for the DoD ELAP is the DoD Quality Systems Manual (QSM) Version 4.1, which is based on NELAP and ISO standards for testing laboratories.

According to the memorandum, laboratories that currently have DoD component (Army, Navy, or Air Force) approvals in place will be subject to DoD ELAP requirements when those approvals expire or when scope changes are necessary. Laboratories which seek to perform testing for DoD environmental restoration programs for the first time or who hold an expired DoD approval need to be accredited in accordance with the DoD ELAP before they can provide services.

Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. is an employee-owned, full-service environmental analytical laboratory testing network established in 1986 and headquartered in Kelso, Washington. Their expertise encompasses air, water, dioxin, biological, pharmaceutical, solid and hazardous waste analyses.

For questions on the implementation and requirements of the DoD QSM contact Columbia Analytical at 360-577-7222 or visit their website at www.caslab.com.

- - -

View the current status of Columbia Analytical’s DoD ELAP Accreditation.

 
UPDATE: Columbia Analytical (Kelso) is now accredited for the DoD-ELAP program…

CAS Houston Dioxin Lab Adds PCB Congeners

Saturday, July 26th, 2003

In addition to providing Methods 1613B, 8290, 23, TO-9 and 8280A dioxin/furan analysis, CAS has expanded its capabilities to include the analysis of PCB congeners by Method 1668A. Only 12 congeners of the 209 congeners have been designated as toxic by the World Health Organization. Of the remaining 197 congeners, 125 can be adequately resolved by the method; with the remaining 72 congeners reported as co-eluted mixtures.

Dioxin, furan and PCB analyses are commonly tested in marine sediment and bioaccumulation studies. Many states also require testing of these compounds to demonstrate compliance with the (503) biosludge, land-application rules. Nationwide, air regulations require many incinerators, cement kilns and metal processors to control their dioxin, furan and PCB emissions. Increasingly, public concern is driving the testing of food and food products for dioxins, furans and PCBs. New, more stringent food regulations are anticipated from the FDA.

The CAS Dioxin laboratory, located in Houston, Texas, is dedicated to the analysis of dioxin and related compounds using complex high resolution gas chromatography/ high resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS). Two new HRGC/ HRMS instruments (AutoSpec-Q) were recently added. The increased capacity created by networking these instruments through advanced Opus Quan data acquisition software reduces standard turn around time to 14 days for an e-mailed, PDF report. Rush results are available within 48 - 72 hours.

More than 70 different electronic data deliverable (EDD) formats are offered, including Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force) deliverables to support the transfer of our data into large relational database management systems. We work closely with our industrial clients to produce electronic data formats compatible with their databases.