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Beryllium Proficiency Analytical Testing (BePAT) 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 Beryllium Proficiency Analytical Testing (BePAT) Program serves as an external quality assurance program for laboratories analyzing beryllium on filter media. The program is designed to assist laboratories in evaluating analytical performance. Samples are shipped for analysis to participating laboratories on a tri-annual basis. Statistical analyses are performed on the resulting data. An evaluation report is provided to each laboratory allowing each participant to determine their current capability level and compare to an industry standard. The program is specifically recommended for laboratories analyzing samples for the Department of Energy in accordance with the Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program as specified in 10 CFR Part 850.24, Section (f) Periodic Exposure Monitoring, Analysis. However, participation is open to all laboratories*.

*Any foreign entity must meet U. S. federal export requirements.​

Updated: 10/12/2018 7:07 AM