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Minnesota Department of Health Updates Quality Assurance Templates

by Margaret Henderson

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has published a 32-page Quality Assurance Template, “Quality Assurance Plan for Conducting Radon Measurements.” The document and other information is available on http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigationprof.html.

Quality Assurance plans must be submitted by Licensed Radon Professionals in Minnesota and be based on USEPA guidance. Plans in existence may be acceptable, or new or updated plans may be reviewed during the application process for licensure. The MDH is providing a template for the plan; however, it is not a requirement to use this specific plan. Customized plans, provided by manufacturers and laboratories may be used instead, if available. Or individual plans may be acceptable upon review.

The MDH document defines Quality Assurance Plan as:

A Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) is a formal document describing in comprehensive detail the necessary quality assurance policies, quality control procedures, and other technical activities that need to be implemented to ensure that the results of the work performed will satisfy the stated performance or acceptance criteria. The QAP should define objectives to be attained (for example, QC limits at various stages of the operations) and the responsibilities and authorities of personnel especially in regards to data quality and corrective action.

The planning document is designed for companies and individuals who provide radon measurement services. It’s purpose is to:

* set policies, performance goals, and objectives;

* identify responsibilities;

* establish procedures for assessing performance relative to quality; and

* define corrective actions when needed.

The document covers numerous topics, including but not limited to:

* measurement devices;

* personnel qualifications;

* QA goals and objectives;

* measurement standards of practice;

* post-mitigation practices;

* chain of custody for detectors;

* analytical procedures and reporting; and

* laboratory information.

For more information about the plan and requirements, contact
MDH Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601.