Personnel Qualifications and Training
It is the policy of NRMRL that all persons managing or directing NRMRL projects
have appropriate training for their assigned work. Training needs may be
identified by EPA regulation (e.g., requirements for project officer training),
by those persons planning a technical activity (e.g., TLP), or by those
managing persons performing a technical activity (e.g., branch chiefs or team
leaders). Training programs are generally designed by the persons providing
The process for specifying and documenting intramural training varies with the type of training:
- Technical Training - Documentation of technical training may
be an appropriate degree in an area of study. Other documentation
of technical training may include professional certifications
(e.g., Professional Engineer or PE) or certification of specialized
training (e.g., classes in computer applications or instrument
operation as provided by technology vendors). ORD's QA policies
have training and documentation requirements of the training that are included here by reference.
Other specialized training requirements established by the TLP for
a given NRMRL project may be described in the QAPP document or
facilities manual. General technical training needs for branch,
facility, or team members may also be identified by NRMRL managers.
Each employee is responsible for submitting his/her training records
to the Division's Human Resources Management representative who
keeps a record of each NRMRL employee's formal technical training.
- Extramural Project Management Training - For extramural
project management, NRMRL adheres to the Agency's requirements
regarding initial and ongoing training, including requirements
for training as Contract Officer Representatives (CORs), such
as Project Officer, Work Assignment Manager, etc. The Human
Resources Management Division keeps records of project management
training for NRMRL personnel. A certification that the designated
EPA extramural project manager or work assignment manager has the
appropriate management training is also required as part of each
- Quality System Training - The NRMRL DQA and QAMs will discuss
quality system training needs in the first quarter of the fiscal
year during the regular monthly NRMRL QA teleconference. The
goal of the discussion is to develop a consensus on the minimum
quality system training to be required for all of NRMRL for that
year and how it will be accomplished. Possible training methods
are in-house by DQA or QAMs, contractor, agency presentations
(e.g., IQGs), or computer-based courses. Each QAM will use
Division-specific practices to determine the quality system
training needs for the Division prior to this discussion. Division-
specific quality system training may be performed in addition to
NRMRL Laboratory-wide QA training.
All new employees (management and technical) are required to take the computer-based
training on the NRMRL QMP, which is available on NRMRL's Intranet site.
Introduction of NRMRL's QA system and the need for QA training
will be part of the new orientation procedure being developed
by NRMRL (projected date October 2007). As part of the orientation
procedure, the new employee will be introduced to the QAM (and others)
by the employee's mentor/liaison. Once the QAM is aware of a new
employee, the QAM will contact the employee to make sure the employee
is aware of the required training. Once the employee completes
the computer-based QMP training, the employee must provide the
certificates to the QAM and notify the appropriate person in the
Human Resources office to put this information into ORD Management
Information System (OMIS). The certificates must be kept on file
by the employee and the QAM.
All QA training will be tracked by OMIS.
- IQG Trainingtraining presentation on EPA's
Information Quality Guidelines web site.
- Safety Training - EPA specifies that personnel involved in
laboratory or field activities receive appropriate safety training.
The type and amount (hours) of training depend on the specific
assignment and the nature of the potential hazards. Training
requirements are specified by line managers and compliance with
training requirements is monitored by Division/locality Safety
Officers and other health and safety office personnel.
- Records Management Training - Every EPA employee has
responsibility for records management. Each employee is
responsible for creating records necessary to document their
activities and actions, filing records for safe and efficient
retrieval, and disposing of records only in accordance with
agency directives and Federal regulations.
To assist employees and contractors with their records management
responsibilities, each location/division has a Records Management
Liaison (RML) who will assist personnel with the implementation
of the agency’s National Records Management Program (NRMP).
Further training and assistance are available online.