Checklist for Waste Sampling
Inventory details of sampling stations; maps
List of samples required at each sampling station
List of stations where water level readings are to be recorded.
Local co-ordination, for example, to ensure access to sites on restricted or private land
Institutional co-ordination, for example, for travel arrangements or sample transport
Notify laboratories of expected date and time of sample arrival
Check any available sources of information on local weather conditions and feasibility of travel.
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Sample bottles, preservatives, labels and marker pens
Sample storage/transit containers and ice packs
Filtering apparatus (if required)
Rubber boots, waders, etc.
Standard operating procedures for sampling
Spares of all above items if possible and when appropriate.
Report forms. For on-site testing
List of analyses to be performed on site
Check stocks of consumables (including distilled water, pH buffers, standards and blanks); replenish and refresh as appropriate
Check and calibrate meters (pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, thermometers)
Other testing equipment according to local practice
Standard operating procedures and equipment manuals
Spares (e.g. batteries).
Waders, gloves, etc.
Fire extinguisher (if appropriate). Transport
Does assigned vehicle have sufficient capacity for personnel, supplies and equipment?
Is vehicle road-worthy? Check battery, lubrication, coolant, windshield washer
Is there sufficient fuel for the trip, either in the tank, in fuel cans, or available en route?
Is the spare tyre inflated; is there a jack, wheel wrench and tool kit?
When was equipment last calibrated?
Itinerary against travel details on inventory
Accessories for equipment and meters (including cables, chargers and spare batteries) and consumables.
Health and Safety Concerns
Prior to any work being performed at a hazardous waste site, the organisation, or company, engaged for the work must develop a written health and safety program for its employees.
As part of the overall health and safety program, a site-specific safety and health plan, which addresses the safety and health hazards at a particular site, must be developed and kept available at the site during the duration of all site work.
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Typically, a health and safety program will address the following areas: organisational responsibilities, risk analysis, underground utility mark outs, employee training, personnel protection, medical surveillance, air surveillance, site control, decontamination, site standard operating procedures, contingency planning, confined space operations, and spill containment.
Depending on the types of contaminants and other hazards present and the type of work that is anticipated some of these concern areas may not be applicable all aspects of a particular sampling episode.
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