Technical Director at Small Utility Labs

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Technical Director at Small Utility Labs

Postby kchapman1 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:59 am

There is a significant difference in technical director qualifications for drinking water or sewage treatment facility labs betwee the 2003 and 2009 Standard:

The "old" 2003 Standard had the following variance for technical directors of small utility labs:

4.1.1.2 Personnel Qualification Clarifications and Exceptions

a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a full-time employee of a drinking water or sewage treatment facility who holds a valid treatment plant operator's certificate appropriate to the nature and size of such facility shall be deemed to meet the educational and experience requirements serving as the director of the accredited laboratory devoted exclusively to the examination of environmental samples taken within such facility system. Such accreditation for a water treatment facility and/or a sewage treatment facility shall be limited to the scope of that
facility’s regulatory permit, and when the facility’s laboratory is analyzing water treatment/sewage treatment samples collected within the state where the laboratory is situated, the scope of
accreditation shall be determined by the accrediting authority.


This is changed in the 2009 Std to the following:

Technical Manager Qualification Exceptions

a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, a full-time employee of a drinking water or sewage treatment facility who holds a valid treatment plant operator's certificate appropriate to the nature and size of such facility shall be deemed to meet the educational requirements as the technical manager. A technical manager shall have two (2) year testing experience devoted exclusively to the testing of environmental samples specified in the scope of the facility’s regulatory permit. Such accreditation for a water treatment facility and/or a sewage treatment facility shall be limited to the scope of that facility’s regulatory permit.



How will this be applied, for example, to small utility labs with one analyst or operator doing the labwork? It would not be hard to find such operations in my state without anyone who meets the 2009 qualifications for technical director, i.e., Few of them will have someone who has spent two years "devoted exclusively" to labwork.
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Re: Technical Director at Small Utility Labs

Postby kchapman1 » Wed May 01, 2013 2:03 pm

So it has been a year and there has been NO response to this issue. Does this mean that it is a "non-issue"? Evidently so; but that does not change the basic problem caused when someone chooses to use the NARROWer definition of technical director. Anyone have a common sense solution? Keith
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Re: Technical Director at Small Utility Labs

Postby labrat12 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:55 am

I'm curious about this also. Our current technical Director does not have the two years of lab experience.
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