The Chemical Component Manager and the Radiation Sub-Component Manager for the Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) reside in the Fleet Services Division of the Industrial Hygiene Department. The Chemical Component Manager exercises technical management over the analytical chemistry instrumentation used by the FDPMU. One area of emphasis is the Proficiency in Testing Quality Assurance Program (PITQAP) for three major instrument sets as follows:
- HAPSITE-ER - Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry detection (GC/MS)
- HazMatID 360 - Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy
- DR-2800 - Spectrophotometer for water testing
The PITQAP consists of quarterly Proficiency Analytical Test (PAT) rounds and monthly Electronic Proficiency Analytical Challenge (e-PAC) rounds. The objectives of the PITQAP are to validate the operator’s proficiency and equipment readiness, improve the operator’s skill, and document the quality of an operator’s analysis. This is essential to ensure the quality of the data generated in deployed settings.
PAT samples are sent quarterly to trained instrument operators as described below:
- An unknown sample of one or more chemicals of concern (CoC) is sent to each instrument operator along with a scenario based on FDPMU analysis capabilities.
- Operators document instrument performance parameters, perform required analytical analysis of the CoC and conduct a risk assessment based on their results and information provided in the scenario.
- Operators are determined proficient or non-proficient based on their submitted results and risk assessment/risk communication.
- Operators rated non-proficient in the quarterly PAT are expected to work with their activity’s subject matter expert (SME) to correct the deficiency. The activity’s SME reports these corrective actions to the Chemical Component Manager.
Electronic Proficiency Analytical Challenges (e-PACs) are e-mailed to the instrument operators each month not designated as a PAT round month. Each e-PAC highlights a specific training module from the analytical equipment training courses followed by challenge questions. Operators are expected to read the ePAC and submit their answers to the challenge questions to the Chemical Component Manager for review and feedback.
The Chemical Component Manager also provides Reach Back support to the instrument operators in garrison and when deployed. Reach Back consists of assistance by phone or e-mail to correct problems with instrument operation or to assist with identification and quantitation of chemicals.
The Chemical Component Manager also functions as the Administrator for the HAPSITE-ER and HazMatID 360 Course Curriculum ensuring uniform training for operators at all of the FDPMUs.
The Radiation Sub-Component Manager exercises technical management over the RADIAC (Radiation Detection, Indication and Computation) equipment used by the FDPMU. This includes coordination of maintenance and calibration of the RADIAC instruments by the NAVSEA Radiation Calibration Laboratories. These instruments are:
- IdentiFINDER – X-Ray Spectroscope with Neutron Detection
- AN/UDR-15 – Personal Radiation Dosimeter and Real-time Dose/Rate Meter
- IM-265/PDQ - Multifunction Radiac with Alpha, Beta, and Gamma/X-Ray Probes
The Radiation Sub-Component Manager also provides Reach Back support to the instrument operators in garrison and when deployed. Reach Back consists of assistance by phone or e-mail to correct problems with instrument operation.
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