Environmental Sampling Training, with emphasis on sampling at federal facilities undergoing environmental remediation.  Topics covered include:

bulletEnvironmental sites and environmental samples.
bulletImportance of defensible samples.
bulletImportance of proper documentation.
bulletThe well-defined and implemented sampling process.
bulletA review of sample types, including environmental quality control samples.
bulletRandom vs authoritative vs systematic samples.
bulletImportance of contamination control in environmental sampling.
bulletSampling equipment decontamination and most common mistakes.
bulletEnvironmental sample preservation. 
bulletPreservation and sample shipping. 
bulletEnvironmental sampling equipment and materials of construction.
bulletStream sampling (including creeks, ponds, lakes, etc.).
bulletSediment sampling.
bulletLeachate sampling.
bulletGroundwater sampling.
bulletSoil sampling.
bulletMulti-increment sampling.
bulletMedia and scrap pile sampling.
bulletField screen sampling
bulletDecon pad setup, use, and common mistakes.
bulletInvestigation derived waste. 
bulletForming and properly mixing composite samples.
bulletFilling sample bottles, preparing sample labels, and preparing and applying COC seals.
bulletPreparing sample COCs.
bulletField log book entries.
bulletProper turn over of samples to analytical laboratory.
bulletEnvironmental sampling auditing.
bulletCase studies.


Environmental Sampling

 Sampling personnel will become familiar with the technical aspects of environmental sampling and will understand the sampling process, including sampling process initiation by sample request/work package, sampling preparation activities, sampling activities, sampling documentation, and sample transfer to the analytical laboratory under chain of custody.  In addition to receiving classroom instruction, each attendee will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by obtaining samples from environmental media (e.g., streams, sediment, soil) using the techniques presented during the classroom instruction.  Finally, each student will receive copies of relevant sampling resources and classroom presentation materials.  A sample of the classroom presentation material is available here; a listing of the sampling resources provided is available here.


Environmental Sampling Training is currently offered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as well as at other locations with sufficient student interest (minimum 5 students). 


Customized versions suited to particular sites and organizations are also possible.  Additional training modules are also available as add-ins to the standard courseTopics that could be covered by these additional modules, typically in additional 4 hours blocks, include:


bulletMuti-increment sampling implementation detailed coverage (as described in SW-846 Method 8330B and USACE guidance document ERDC/CRREL TR-07-10).
bulletElements of a sampling and analysis plan (SAP).
bulletThe Data Quality Objectives (DQOs) seven step process, with examples.
bulletDevelopment of sampling and analysis strategies to satisfy DQOs and use of tools such as Visual Sample Plan (VSP) in development of these strategies.
bulletStatistical analysis of sampling and analysis results to support characterization, disposal, and remediation (does not include risk assessments).
bulletUnderstanding laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) data, laboratory qualifiers, and data validation qualifiers.
bulletPreparation of laboratory statements of work (SOWs).
bulletOverview of analytical methods (including ICP, GC-MS, HPLC, Alpha Spec, Gamma Spec).
Field Sampling Exercise


These blocks could also be made available as stand-alone courses.


Companies that have participated in the environmental sampling training course include:


bulletBritish Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL)
bulletTechnical and Field Engineering, Inc. (TFE)
bulletAlabama Department of Transportation
bulletEOD Technology, Inc. (EODT)


For more information about the Waste Sampling Training course, schedule, locations, or customized versions, contact Matt Frost at Alliant Corporation.  For general discussions about sampling, you may contact


Mike Williams, Ph.D., P.E., mewilliams@wescinc.com, Phone: (865) 207-0571  




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