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QA/QC Officer/Manager/Environmental Laboratory

Farmingdale, NY 11735
Full-time

Quality Assurance Officer

Environmental Laboratory

American Analytical Laboratories, LLC (AAL) is looking to hire an experienced Quality Assurance Officer to join our team. This position is in Farmingdale, NY. The successful candidate will serve as the Quality Assurance Officer for a NYSDOH/NELAP accredited environmental laboratory that performs organic and inorganic testing primarily on soils and liquid samples. The QA Officer serves as the focal point for the laboratory’s QA/QC Program.

Position Summary:

The laboratory QA Officer is responsible for oversight and coordination of the laboratory QA/QC Program required to ensure the production of legally defensible analytical laboratory results on a continuous basis and on-going compliance with laboratory certification requirements. The position requires thorough knowledge of a broad array of certification and regulatory requirements as well as understanding quality control/quality assurance methods and analytical principles applicable to a complex Organic/Inorganic testing laboratory.

Duties:

Maintains and updates the QA Manual including preparing required documentation, submitting applications and coordinating annual reviews and technical revisions to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Works with laboratory supervisors and staff to resolve process and other issues applicable to SOPs; monitors revisions and additions to certification and regulatory requirements for impacts on QA/QC requirements and coordinates preparation for onsite audits by State Certification Assessors.

Conducts internal periodic audits and assessments of the entire technical operation and laboratory methods.

Monitors and maintains the laboratory QA database; develops, maintains, and reviews QC charts; prepares and reviews the preparation of control limits, detection limits and action levels for laboratory analyses.

Conducts quality problem investigation issues and tracks corrective action documents and notifies laboratory management of any deficiencies in the quality system and monitor required corrective actions.

Coordinates and maintains laboratory certifications through satisfactory performance of proficiency testing (PT).

Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or closely related field and five (5) years’ experience in environmental laboratory industry. The successful candidate shall have documented training, and/or experience in quality assurance and quality control procedures and be knowledgeable in the required quality system and possess a general knowledge of analytical methods for which he or she performs data review.

Job Details:

F/T with Benefits

Wage – Depends on Experience

Winter at the Beach

It is hard for me to understand that more illegal dumping has occurred  on Long Island: http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/authorities-find-9-illegal-dumping-sites-issue-200-tickets-on-li-ny-1.13152553 .

After the publicity surrounding previous investigations (Roberto Clemente Park, and West Hills), the awareness of the hazards associated with the contaminated material is well known, thanks to the news media coverage of the dumping. How could there be such little regard for our environment?

I love New York – I have lived here my whole life, on Long Island’s beautiful north shore.  From the many natural preserves, farm land, wineries, top rated beaches and historic treasures, Long Island is full of natural resources and attractions – many that sustain our economic growth and viability.

The beach is hardly the first place I would think of going to over the weekend during Long Island’s winter months, and yet that’s exactly what I did this weekend. Field 5 is home to the Fire Island Lighthouse. It’s a 3/4 mile walk from the parking area through a winding nature trail. Taking advantage of the warmth of the sun against the wind, I walked along the railed wooden path towards the lighthouse.

 

It is always a wonder to me to spot one of the beautiful deer in the brush area along the dunes. On this occasion, I was fortunate to see a doe with two of her fawns. Like magic – they were there and then they darted off and disappeared.

 

 

Back on the trail to the beach to catch the sunset – the real colors come out after the sun actually sets. There is a foggy haze that hangs over the shells and pebbles, mixing with the sunset colors until the sea and sky blend together.

 

 

 

Just beautiful.

People need to fall in love with their surroundings; maybe then they might be more inclined to protect them.

 

Climate Change

Climate change in the Arctic is not just a local problem – it’s a global problem. Climate change is faster and more severe in the Arctic than in most of the rest of the world. The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average.
The sea ice that is a critical component of Arctic marine ecosystems is projected to disappear in the summer within a generation.

The icebergs of the Antarctic have now started appearing with the size of Manhattan Island or the city of Chicago. A fleet of them could be very impressive, but consider the sea-level rise from them.

A small temperature shift can have enormous implications

Even an increase of 2°C could be too much. A slight shift in temperature, bringing averages above the freezing point, will completely alter the character of the region.

  • As snow and ice melt, the ability of the Arctic to reflect heat back to space is reduced, accelerating the overall rate of global warming.
  • Some Arctic fisheries will likely disappear.
  • We are likely to see more forest fires and storm damage to coastal communities in the Arctic.
  • Glaciers, sea ice and tundra will melt, contributing to global sea level rises.
  • A warmer Arctic could halt the Gulf Stream, which brings warmer water and weather to north-western Europe.

As we drift towards severe warming of the planet, ice is drifting away. 300 billion tonnes is now estimated to be lost each year, with the increase every year even more worrying. Antarctica and Greenland are the main sources of glacier ice (99.5%), while the marine Arctic ice has almost given up on maintaining its relatively-thin surface layer. GRACE is the name of the pair of satellites involved in a useful survey of the earth’s gravitational field, meaning Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment. Surface water mass is calculated from these figures, allowing for several connections such as the elastic deformation of the earth itself!

The first decadal figures from 2002-2012 reveal a new measurement of the perplexing ice loss. Not enough data exists to analyse the loss properly in Greenland, so the sea-level rise that is estimated could be fairly low. While El Nino and La Nina and other oceanic changes explain some relatively-natural effect on the melt, it does seem as though human emissions of greenhouse gases will be responsible for the increase we now see every year. However, the paper does indicate that by 2100 we will have an extra 43cm of sea-level rise (above any linear trend or, in other words, without the acceleration) if the trend continues. And there is precious little effort so far that is having any effect on limiting the emissions’ damage.

Scientists only agree on the linear rise in sea level. Acceleration like this is due either to humans producing more global warming, or natural cycles that influence the extent of the ice. It would be wrong to compare this accurate forecasting approach with the complacency politicians had when first faced with the bitter truth of global warming.

We all know now that we are facing a problem we cannot solve. We simply must prevent it getting any worse.

Ice disappearance accelerates By Dave Armstrong

EarthTimes.org

Antarctic iceberg image; Credit: © Shutterstock

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Rehabilitation of MTA’s busiest Joralemon under water tube in New York City

The 108 years old, first underwater Joralemon Tube,  built in 1908 with a tunnel length of 3.2 track miles, carries 4 and 5 trains under the East River between Bowling Green Station in the borough of Manhattan and the Borough Hall Station in the borough of Brooklyn. The Joralemon Tube carries approximately half million commuters on an average weekday and was one of seven East River subway tunnels flooded on October 29, 2012 as Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge inundated Lower Manhattan. The tubes were heavily damaged as a result of the salt waters that surged in to the system damaging duct banks, pumping equipment, electrical and switching equipment. An exhaustive examination of systems and components determined that the facility was in need of significant permanent repair, upgrade, and fortification against future storms. This vital project is part of an overall multi-year effort to fix and fortify MTA assets damaged during Sandy.

American Analytical is providing sampling and analytical services in support of the rehabilitation efforts.

The New York City Subway is one of the world’s oldest public transit systems, one of the world’s most used metro systems with the most stations and the most trackage. By annual ridership, the New York City Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the United States and in the Western world, with annual 1.75 billion rides, averaging approximately 5.6 million daily rides on weekdays and a combined 5.9 million rides each weekend. The main challenge to execute this project is to perform the work with least inconvenience to commuters  and without effecting normal ridership. The rehabilitation work on the Joralemon Tube is currently in progress  with the goal of completion in 2017.

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Water Quality Concerns on Long Island

In 1994, the Long Island Sound Study found that roughly 53,700 tons of nitrogen were entering Long Island Sound annually as a result of development patterns – the majority of which is from sewage.  While groundwater with nitrogen concentrations above 10 mg/Liter is toxic to humans, coastal ecosystems are far more sensitive to nitrogen.  American Analytical is working with a manufacturer involved in the Suffolk County Advanced Septic Pilot program and will sample and test effluents from various waste water treatment systems installed throughout the County.  The system uses an extended aeration activated sludge process in which microorganisms treat the waste water, and remain in the treatment process for a longer period of time, thereby reducing nitrogen up to 80%.

Nitrogen impacts Long Island’s coastal marshlands, causes harmful algal blooms (HABs) including Red and Brown Tide, and weakens and destabilizes the natural infrastructure in place to protect Long Island against erosion and storms.  From 1974 to 2001, there was an 18 to 36 percent loss in tidal wetlands in the Great South Bay as a result of factors including excess nitrogen entering the watershed.  As part of ongoing efforts to bolster New York’s coastal resiliency, Governor Cuomo, NYSDEC and other state agencies are working to address longstanding waste water issues to protect Long Island’s sole source aquifer.  These waters contribute  to the 43 local farmers markets on Long Island, bring in over $4.7 billion in tourism industry, $240 million in agricultural sales, and water over 35,975 acres of farmland.

“There’s nothing more important to the sustainability and livability for Long Island than clean water, ” said Adriennne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Suffok County Wetlands

Did you know…

In 1987, Long Island Sound became part of the National Estuary Program, a program established by Congress to protect and improve the waters, habitats, and living resources of estuaries across the country.  There are 28 estuaries that are supported by this program.

An estuary is a partially enclosed coastal body of water where freshwater from rivers and streams mixes with salt water from the ocean.  It creates critical natural habitats for thousands of species of birds, mammals and fish, as well as other wildlife.  Estuaries also provide environmental protection for wetlands and salt marshes, filtering out much of the sediments and pollutants, creating cleaner and clearer water, as well as preventing erosion and stabilizing shorelines.

Sediment Analysis Provides Valuable Information

“A  Day in the Life” of the Connetquot River, Long Island, NY

American Analytical is providing their services to a local engineering firm, who will be collecting sediment samples and having them analyzed for a full suite of tests, including Grain Size, Organic and Inorganic parameters. The analysis of sediments can aid in reconstructing the history of changes, understanding human impact on the ecosystem, and offer possible remedial strategies to assist water quality improvement projects.

We are happy to participate in this program that aims to to keep Long Island Sound and our navigable rivers and lakes clean and healthy for fishing, clamming, swimming and boating!connqresize4

Revitalizing College Point Waterfront Property

American Analytical is working with a developer and an environmental consultant group in College Point on a Brownfields project.

A  Brownfields site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. Real property, expansion, or reuse of land may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance pollutant, or contaminant.

Typically they are abandoned or partially vacant industrial and commercial properties. Chemicals and waste products may have contaminated such facilities because they were handled improperly.

American Analytical is providing analytical services to determine hot spot areas, confirm remedial activities, and provide waste characterization.

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Projects: Semi Annual Monitoring and Sample Analysis

American provided sampling and analytical services for a four day monitoring event at a New York based power plant.

The services included the set up of an ISCO Auto Sampler, to pull 24 hour composite samples. In addition, four hourly grab samples were collected daily for laboratory analysis, as well as “immediate analysis”  field parameters. Analytical procedures included Organics (Volatile and Semi Volatile compounds)  and Inorganics, including Metals, Hexavalent Chromium and Cyanide (both Total and Amenable).

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