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Good Laboratory Practice Series: How To Select Laboratory Instruments For Environmental Testing


Note: This is a vendor neutral course offering.

The modern environmental laboratory depends heavily on instrumentation. Instrument manufacturers are continually redesigning and upgrading their products. The Windows operating system is advancing rapidly forcing manufacturers to update their operating software. The tendency of a laboratory is to standardize on one instrument, however, newer instruments and/or other manufacturers may have improved automation, lower detection limits, or greater durability.

There is always a need for laboratories to purchase new instruments, but there is little guidance on how to do this. Buying a laboratory instrument is very expensive to the laboratory in terms of time and in financial outlay. The instrument purchased must fit the laboratory's needs. This presentation covers the various instruments needed for environmental testing describing similarities and differences between techniques/manufacture. The presentation explains why there are differences and suggests what "features" should be sought for each.

This course is expected to help laboratories avoid mistakes in purchasing instruments that do not meet their needs. In addition to information on environmental laboratory instrumentation, guidance will be given on what to look for and how to negotiate during the sales process. The course will also be beneficial to new analysts to help them understand the similarities and differences between various types of laboratory instruments.

The course is split into two 90 minute sessions:

  • Session 1: Basic Instrumentation
    • Analytical balance
    • pH/ISE meters
    • Titrators
    • Molecular spectrometers
    • Total organic carbon analyzers
    • Atomic absorption spectrometers

  • Session 2: Advanced Instrumentation
    • ICP and ICP-MS
    • GC and GCMS (including triple quadrupole)
    • LC and LCMS (including triple quadrupole)

$35 for TNI members
$50 for non-members

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No certificates are automatically provided with this training. A Certificate of Attendance may be purchased for $20 per person during registration or webcast purchase. To receive your certificate, contact Paul Junio at [email protected] with date of purchase and date of training completion. See FAQs for additional information.


About Webcasts: Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a special link by e-mail to watch the webcast on your computer. The link is time-limited: you will have full access to the webcast and any associated handouts for 6 months after receipt of payment, at which time the link will expire. Webcasts cannot be downloaded; they are intended for viewing on your computer only during the 6-month window. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Taunton at [email protected].

Two 90-minute sessions

Presented By:

William Lipps

About the Presenter:
William has over 30 years' experience as a chemist and manager of industrial and environmental laboratories, product specialist and product manager, and marketing of both laboratory services and instruments. William is vice chair of ASTM Committee D19 and is the Standard Methods Part 4000 coordinator. William is currently the Environmental Marketing Manager at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.