9 April 2014, UK - LGC and the Health and Safety
Laboratory (HSL) are delighted to announce the launch of the Air
Proficiency Testing (AIR PT) scheme, providing an integrated scheme
specifically designed for laboratories undertaking regular
analytical measurements on samples from various fields of air
Regular monitoring allows information to be collected, in order
to review and assess air quality and ensure legislative standards
are being met. It also helps to determine the effectiveness of
control systems designed to prevent air pollution.
The AIR PT scheme will support the quality of this analytical
data generated by laboratories performing measurements on samples
taken from, for example, ambient, indoor, stack and workplace air
testing arenas. Valid measurements ensure poor air quality can be
detected and acted upon.
Speaking about the collaboration, Brian Brookman, Director of
Proficiency Testing at LGC, said, "The air we breathe is something
we all take for granted. However, it can be easily polluted by our
daily activity and so requires regular monitoring. This new
Proficiency Testing scheme combines LGC's world-reputed PT
services, local representatives and bespoke PORTAL software with
HSL's considerable expertise in air proficiency testing and
analysis along with an extensive track record in developing
international standard air sampling and measurement methods. We are
delighted to be working in partnership with HSL to offer such a
high-quality, integrated PT scheme to our customers worldwide."
Duncan Rimmer, Unit Head for Chemical and Biological Risks at
HSL, said, "Proficiency testing for air monitoring has
been slower to develop than in other environmental
sectors, due partly to regulatory requirements lagging behind
other areas such as soil and water testing. There are also
significant technical challenges in producing large numbers of
near-identical test materials required for proficiency testing.
Such challenges have successfully been overcome by HSL to implement
a robust system for AIR PT test material production."
The AIR PT scheme combines HSL's WASP and LGC's STACKS schemes,
providing an integrated service specifically designed for all
laboratories undertaking analytical measurements on samples derived
from various fields of air monitoring. With electronic data entry
and storage, and timely reporting, AIR PT offers laboratories a
complete, convenient and cost effective package for any laboratory
involved in air quality monitoring.
The scheme will support the quality of analytical data generated
by laboratories performing analytical measurements on the samples
taken. The test materials in the AIR PT scheme may contain one or
more analytes prepared at various concentrations on appropriate
sampling media. They are prepared in such a way as to give a
realistic test for the laboratory and a valuable means of
monitoring analytical performance.
Find our more about HSL's Proficiency Testing
The AIR PT scheme year operates from April to March. Test
materials are distributed either quarterly, or twice per year, with
distribution dates detailed in the application form.
Comprehensive descriptions of each sample and the analytes can
be found in the scheme description. These documents can be
downloaded from our website: www.lgcpt.com