Laboratory Practices Committee

The Laboratory Practices Committee has three main goals, we:

  1. Encourage Laboratory Professionals’ participation in NEWEA events, publications, etc.
  2. Provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding standard laboratory practices in New England
  3. Maintain the Certification Sub Committee, which oversees the Voluntary Laboratory Analyst Certification Program and provides a liaison to the Operations Challenge Committee to manage the Operations Challenge Lab Event

The Laboratory Practices Committee meets twice a year at the Annual Conference and once at the Spring Meeting; and also provides judges for and oversees the Operations Challenge Lab Event. During the year, the Committee discusses current topics of interest to the group via conference call, as well as produces a Specialty Conference on Laboratory issues. The Lab Practices Committee is under the guidance of the Treatment, System Operations and Management Council Director.

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Contact Info

Jim Galasyn, Chair
Phone: 207-523-5259

Walter Palm, Vice Chair
Phone: 401-361-8848 ex.437


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What does the Laboratory Practices Committee do?

  • Oversees the Voluntary Laboratory Certification Program and Exam
  • Manages the Laboratory Event for Operations Challenge
  • Produces a Specialty Seminar at least once every three years
  • Participates in conference calls and webinars on Laboratory topics of interest
  • Oversees the Lab Practices Committee’s Crystal Crucible Award
  • Reviews candidates for the WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award

How often do we meet?

  • Meeting and Crystal Crucible Award presentation/luncheon at the Annual Conference
  • Meeting and Luncheon at the Spring Conference; Operations Challenge Judges Meeting
  • One representative attends Training Day for Operations Challenge
  • Conference Calls as needed

Why should you join us?

  • Invaluable professional networking opportunities
  • Access to current industry trends, as well as new ideas and technology
  • Platform for presenting papers and speaking on a variety of topics
  • Professional friendships outside of your facility

See what we’ve accomplished.

Judges at the 2016 Operations Challenge Competition at the NEWEA/NYWEA Joint Spring Meeting in Mystic, CT

Judges at the 2016 Operations Challenge Competition at the NEWEA/NYWEA Joint Spring Meeting in Mystic, CT

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Operations Challenge Lab Event Judges 2015!

ops challenge lab set up 2015

Operations Challenge Lab Event Set up-Orion pH and Alkalinity and Ammonia Analyses