As you may know already, New York’s Governor
Cuomo has now mandated that all non-essential businesses close effective Sunday
evening, March 22nd, by 8pm. At this point we will be closed until
further notice and hopefully will reopen within the next month.
Keep your fingers crossed, all stay safe and
Should you still need to contact us please go to
www.american-analytical.com and look for the contact us tab at top right of screen. We will continue to update you all with any
information needed and a possible reopen date as things get better.
We wish you all good health, but stay indoors! Be especially protective of your health and the health of those close to you. When it is all over, we look forward to seeing you all again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Analytical worked with a contractor on the Whitestone Expressway project for the NYC Dept of Design and Construction.
The project involved the installation of various utilities/infrastructure including sanitary/storm sewers and appurtenances, a water main, street lighting, and traffic signals along the eastern side of the Whitestone Expressway. Soil excavation required proper characterization management, transportation, and disposal of the excavated material. Project required testing soil and water from the soil borings along the way for a full suite of analytical parameters.
A simple question, but how many people actually know the answer? The Nature Conservancy took to the streets to find out.
DID YOU KNOW…
80% of Americans’ drinking water comes from rivers and lakes.
New York City is one of only five large cities in the U.S. that does not have to filter its drinking water because the watershed is so well protected.
Every day over 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water is delivered from large reservoirs in upstate New York, including the Neversink, Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs in the Delaware River Basin.
Our state’s Watershed Protection Program is one of the most comprehensive in the world and has been so successful at protecting New York City’s water supply that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City a 10-year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) in 2007.
The Conservancy is protecting these water sources by doing things like removing the Cuddlebackville Dam, which was blocking mussel larva from traveling down the Neversink river, so that the mussels could reproduce. This same dam was also keeping migratory fish in the Neversink River from migrating. Currently, we are working to have natural-flow regulations as statewide policies.