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Wednesday, May 21, 2014:

Annual Environmental Laboratory Workshop

A program that will be of interest to all environmental laboratories whether they are accredited or not.  Lunch will also be provided as part of the program.  Registration information available at:


Registration Directions:
  • Click on the “Find Events” tab
  • enter “OELA” into the search field
  • When the “OELA Conference” event appears - click on it
  • At this time you can register AND pay online
  • Registration fee is $125 per person with the third attendee free
Summary of Workshop

Hear the latest news about The NELAC Institute (TNI) and ORELAP from Gary Ward, ORELAP Administrator, who will also give a live demonstration of the ODIE system’s newest features.  There will be speakers from the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Program, TNI, as well as from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This year’s program will give you an opportunity to query a panel of assessors with your questions on the TNI Standard, on-site assessment issues, etc.  .


Program- Printable Version

8:15 Welcome, OELA Update Keith Chapman
8:30 OTAC Update Dennis Wells
8:45 What’s New at ORELAP and TNI Gary Ward
9:15 What’s new at Oregon’s
Drinking Water Program
9:45 Break
10:00 News from The NELAC Institute Paul Junio,
Northern Lake Service, TNI Quality Systems Committee
10:45 ODIE Live Demonstration…
new capabilities
Gary Ward, ORELAP
11:00 DEQ’s RPA Process and Plans to report Electronically Spencer Bohaboy &
Sonia Bjorn-Hanson, DEQ
12:00 Lunch Break
Split Sessions: Tips, Tricks and Techniques
1:00 New Method Detection Limit Procedure. 
Chuck Lytle, BESLab
New Method Detection Limit Procedure. 
Chuck Lytle, BESLab
Resources for Quality Manual Preparation,
Scott Hoatson, DEQ
2:00 Separate Q&A Sessions for the following Fields of Accreditation:
Organics and Q & A
Gary Ward
Shannon Swantek
Metals and Inorganics
Lizbeth Garcia
3:00 Break
3:15 Wrap Up, Q & A
Meeting Location:
  • Northwest Viticulture Center
  • 215 Doaks Ferry Rd. Salem, OR 97304
  • 503.584.7272
Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center by Travel Salem.


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Mission Statement:

The Association shall seek to bring together organizations and individuals interested in the environmental laboratory industry in a common forum, to provide reliable information about environmental laboratories to the public, to speak with a unified voice on issues of importance to the industry, and to direct these activities at the informational needs of environmental laboratories, scientists, governmental legislative bodies and agencies, Oregon business organizations and the public at large.