Re: Anyone had experience writing laboratory analytical procedures?

Subject: Re: Anyone had experience writing laboratory analytical procedures?
From: letoured -at- together -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 09:01:39 -0400


In <200207032354 -dot- 17pXHacxy3Nl3s70 -at- walker -dot- mail -dot- mindspring -dot- net>, on 07/03/02
at 09:53 PM, sclarke -at- nucleus -dot- com said:

Where are you? It matters.

In general, I'd go find EPA procedures. There are (or were) entire manuals on
how to do these things. I'd also check the EPA regulations, and the state
health department and water quality regulations. I'd also check the American
Water Works Association for samples/standards. -- Coupled with all that, spent
time with the people who are actually doing the work.

You have a tough problem in that you are dealing with someone/something that
thinks ISO procedures for municipal utilities are an appropriate use. E.g.,
you're dealing with a marching drone.



>Hello everyone:

>I'm just wondering if anyone on the list has had experience with writing
>laboratory analytical procedures? These procedures describe how to perform
>certain kinds of laboratory tests for wastewater and/or for drinking water
>quality.

>I'm working on a contract. This lab had a set of existing standard operating
>procedures for these test methods. The client is going for ISO 17025 lab
>certification. They directed me to transfer the content of the existing
>procedures into their new ISO template. Their existing documentation was
>fairly poorly written- some things listed as steps that weren't actual steps
>mixed in with with notes, cautions, incomplete sentences etc.

>It seems that they were (or may still be) laboring under the impression that
>*all* they had to "do" was transfer this content and presto they'd be done.

>There are approximately 40 procedures in total. (s far as I know, this is
>their first "large" documentation project and they've never had a technical
>writer before.)

>I'm running into some difficulties with this project and would like to chat
>with someone who's possibly had laboratory analytical experience.

>Thanks
>Sara-Sue


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