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Proficiency Testing Programs

AIHA PAT Programs provides participants with the opportunity to improve and refine the analytical skills of their staff, while testing new procedures or training different analysts.  These programs allow participants to demonstrate their ability to correctly analyze workplace and environmental samples.​

​​Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing (BAPAT) Pr​​ogram

The Bulk Asbestos Proficiency Analytical Testing Program​ is a proficiency testing program sponsored 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.

Beryllium Proficiency Analytical Testing (B​ePAT) Program

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. fed​eral export requirements.

Environmental Lead Proficiency ​Analytical Testing (ELPAT) Program

The Environmental Lead Proficiency Analytical Testing (ELPAT) Program is designed to help your organization assess and/or improve its analytical performance by providing your organization with test samples on a quarterly basis and evaluating the results.

Environmental Microbiology​ Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) Program

The Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) Program is a performance evaluation program, sponsored by the AIHA Proficiency Analytical Testing Programs (AIHA PAT Programs), for environmental microbiology laboratories. This program was developed for microbiology laboratories specializing in analysis for microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids and bulk samples collected from schools, offices, hos​pitals, industrial, agricultural, and other work environments. The AIHA PAT Programs' EMPAT Direct Exam program is targeted towards participants analyzing fungal spores by light microscopy. Participating in the Direct Exam program enables participants primarily performing spore trap analysis to establish proficiency and improve performance in the microscopic analysis of environmental samples. The EMPAT program is open to all interested microbiology laboratories.

Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical T​esting (IHPAT) Program

The Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical Testing (IHPAT) Program​ is designed to assist a laboratory improve its analytical performance by providing samples on a quarterly basis, evaluating the results, and providing a report on how well the laboratory performed. In the same way, the IHPAT Program also tests the analytical competence of participating occupational health laboratories.

Updated: 5/10/2017 12:53 PM