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Good Lab Practices Virtual Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 7/27/2020 to 7/28/2020
When: July 27th - 28th, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: Mike Mueller

Online registration is available until: 7/27/2020
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Due to COVID-19 the Good Lab Practices Conference will not be held in person. The committee has taken a portion of the program and will hold webinars on both July 27th and July 28th from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.  We are excited to be able to continue to offer training for lab personnel during this challenging times.   The committee has developed a very timely program to address current hot topics in the lab community. 


Members:  One- $25 | Both - $40

Non-members:  One - $35 | Both - $50


Continuing Education

CPE for Wastewater Operators: 2/per day

CPE for Water Operators:  TBD

CEU for Professional Engineers:  2.5/per day



Monday, July 27th | 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Session 1:  PFAS Background and Current Strategies for analysis of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Water
Speaker: Emily Parry, Agilent Technologies  

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals widely used in consumer products and

industry due to the unique and desirable chemical properties. Due to widespread usage and environmental persistence, legacy PFAS are ubiquitous in the environment and new fluoro - chemicals are being found in the environment frequently. Public interest has increased pressure to develop comprehensive methods for sensitive analysis in different types of water. Currently the EPA has two drinking water methods and is in the process of validating another method for non-potable water. We will present data collected using each of method and review differences between them. As the state and federal regulations continue to evolve in this field, robust analytical methods that can be adjusted to encompass new analytes will be important for confidence the public water supply.

Session 2:  Colorimetric Testing on Discrete and Continuous Flow Analyzers

Speaker:  Sarah McFaul, SEAL Analytical


There are several options for running ortho-phosphate, nitrate + nitrite, and ammonia on discrete and continuous flow analyzers that are EPA approved. This discussion will include the principle of these methods, how the analysis takes place, method stability, applicable sample types, reagent preparation and storage, reaction interferences, as well as other considerations associated with these methods. This presentation is applicable to all discrete and both flow injection and segmented continuous flow analyzers.

Technology Forum

1. Chris Griffin, Hach - Going Paperless

2. Terry Looney, STX, Inc. dba LabGuys - How to refresh your lab without breaking the bank
3. Eric Hall, Thomas Scientific - Kjeldahl and Extraction and NIR training


Tuesday, July 28th | 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Session 1:  Wastewater-Based COVID-19 Surveillance in Southeastern Virginia 
Speaker: Raul Gonzalez, HRSD

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) analyzes markers in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) influent to characterize patterns within communities served by the utility. This approach can be particularly helpful in understanding outbreaks of disease like the novel coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) when it is combined with clinical datasets. In this study, three RT droplet digital PCR assays (N1, N2, N3) were used to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RNA in weekly samples from nine WWTPs in southeastern Virginia. Within this study we observed that wastewater measurements of SARS-CoV-2 RNA were a viable means to describe the occurrence and trends (onset and decline) in SARS-CoV-2.

Session 2:  A View of the Importance of Resiliency from an Emergency Response Practitioner  

Speaker:  Juan Reyes, Fairfax County


International, national, and local emergencies come, go and some have long lasting effects. How we handle them and the actions we take to recover from their impacts is critical to personal, workplace, and community wellbeing. Session will provide a practitioner’s view, based on experience responding to emergencies at all three levels, on maintaining effectiveness during these events and describe how resilience is key to one’s ability to respond.

Technology Forum

1. James Kaufman, The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) - Lab Safety
2. Daniel Axelrod, Xylem Analytics - Titration and Flow Analysis
3. Karen Poe, Metrohm -TBD


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