Environmental sampling events frequently involve collecting samples of a variety of different media for off-site analysis in a fixed laboratory. Your samples may have been collected using the highest degree of care, but your job is still not complete – the samples need to get to the laboratory in good condition, on time and in compliance with shipping regulations.   This module discusses options available for sample delivery to the laboratory, dealing with awkward environmental samples that pose shipping difficulties, and how to ship samples that are classified as being hazardous under shipping regulations. You will learn about tamper-proofing mechanisms that should be used in many projects to protect the physical and chemical integrity of samples and why U.S. EPA’s definition of “hazardous” does not necessarily agree with shipping regulation definitions of hazardous. Learn why you need to know about IATA and DOT shipping regulations and why you need to be certified to ship hazardous environmental samples.

Module ES–06 (Total Length: 70 minutes) Price: $159.00  Register via Your E-School Account

Environmental Sample Handling and Shipment

  • Options for Getting Samples to the Laboratory
  • Preparing for Sample Shipment
  • Discussion of ASTM Standard D 6911 on Packaging and Shipping Environmental Samples for Laboratory Analysis
  • Mechanisms to Protect Samples From Tampering During a Sampling Event and Shipment to the Laboratory
  • Understanding the Role of Chain-of-Custody Forms – Their Purpose, When and How They Should be Completed
  • Special Problems Encountered When Shipping Soil and Sediment Samples
  • Overview of DOT and IATA Shipping Regulations and How These Regulations Affect Getting Samples to the Laboratory
  • How to Correctly Pack a Cooler Containing Uncontaminated Samples for Delivery
  • What Happens to Samples When They Arrive at the Laboratory

Total CEUs for Module ES-06: 1.2 CEUs