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Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing (BAPAT) Program

The purpose of proficiency testing is to provide interested parties with objective evidence of a laboratory’s capability to produce data that is both accurate and repeatable for the activities listed in its scope of accreditation. A laboratory’s competence can be demonstrated through favorable​ proficiency testing data. This is important to clients, potential customers, accreditation bodies, and other external entities. 

Participation in proficiency testing activities also provides invaluable feedback in the internal monitoring of a laboratory’s quality system. Through these activities, a laboratory can verify its competence to perform specific calibrations or tests. In addition to regulatory compliance, participating in a proficiency testing program can help analyze the reliability of a laboratory’s analytical protocols, laboratory personnel, and equipment. AIHA PAT programs especially provide participants with opportunities to improve and refine the analytical skills of their staff while training different analysts or testing new procedures. This allows participants to demonstrate their ability to correctly analyze samples in the workplace and the environment.​

​The Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing Program (BAPAT) is a proficiency testing program provided by the AIHA Proficiency Analytical Testing Programs, LLC (AIHA PAT Programs, LLC) that serves as an external quality assurance program for laboratories analyzing bulk building materials by polarized light microscopy (PLM). It is designed to provide bulk audit samples on a quarterly basis, and to provide a means by which a laboratory can evaluate its ability to characterize bulk materials. The program is both qualitative and semiquantitative in nature.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Updated: 10/18/2017 10:13 AM