Eqlab recognizes the importance of accurate and reliable laboratory data when used for regulatory compliance and the development of treatment process alternatives. To provide such data, the laboratory maintains a computer assisted quality assurance program. The programís main objective is to monitor the scientific accuracy of sampling and analytical procedures to insure repeatability and accuracy. The major provisions of the program are:
EPA approved methods are mostly used in the analysis of environmental samples. Other methods like Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) are used depending on the sample application and client needs.
Data Management System
Eqlab has developed a unique Laboratory Information Management System with the assistance of StarLIMS, Inc. It is used to schedule the sampling efforts, control logging, generation and management of data, scheduling laboratory work, monitoring work progress, reporting results, statistical analyses and invoicing.
Quality Control Samples
performs duplicate and spikes samples on 10 and 5 percent
of the samples
received respectively. Additional
specific sampling and analytical QC
samples such as trip blanks, field
blanks, equipment blanks, matrix
spike and matrix spike duplicates
are also performed.
a Certified Laboratory for Drinking
Water Analysis by the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico one set of unknown
samples are analyzed once per year
and as a Certified Laboratory for
Drinking Water, Non Potable Water
and Solids analysis by the State of
Florida two sets of unknown samples
are analyzed twice per year. As part
of our regular internal program, we
analyze quarterly external unknown
We have been audited by regulatory agencies like EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), FDA (Food and Drugs Administration), EQB (Environmental Quality Board), PRASA (Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority), PREPA (Puerto Rico Energy Power Authority) and many of our current clients.