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Picture of the productLM-1: Calibration Laboratory Manager's Handbook (2011)
This guide provides new managers or managers of new laboratories general information for the management of a metrology or calibration laboratory. This guide will provide enough strategic and tactical information to ask the right questions in assessing your laboratory situation, and identify sources of detailed and technical information on specific topics peculiar to calibration laboratory management.
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This document is a compilation of commonly used acronyms and their various definitions collated by the acronym and the acronym definition. These acronyms and definitions are intended to fulfill the requirements for universal NCSL Acronym compliance in publications and documents related to the global measurement industry.

Revision Year 1999


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Picture of the productLM-3: NCSL Glossary of Metrology Related Terms (1999)
The NCSL International Glossary is a broadly scoped document, a catalogued listing terms and their definitions. The terms and definitions included are singularly focused on metrology, calibration, and all related measurements, tests, and industrial requirements. As such, the Glossary is a living document requiring periodic revision in order to stay current with the demands of global industries.
Revision Year 1999


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Picture of the productLM-5: Benchmarking Survey (2007)
The intent of this document is to provide a useful guide for the site selection and design of a new metrology laboratory or for the modification of an existing facility. It contains materials and information as an industry aid and guide for specifying design requirements to architects, drafters and builders by the user.
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This companion volume to the Guide to Achieving Laboratory Accreditation is intended to help member organizations to interpret and apply the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 to the development and conduct of their own quality systems. In the final analysis, every laboratory must develop its own approach to satisfying its client's requirements for accreditation and their own quality documentation, which should be unique to the business, agency, or institution it represents.
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This document provides practical information and guidance to operators of calibration and testing laboratories that are contemplating, actively seeking, or maintaining formal laboratory accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. The NCSL International Guide to achieving laboratory accreditation is just that, a guide to help member organizations determine the business need for laboratory accreditation, and to interpret and apply the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 to develop and conduct their quality systems. The Guide is written in a question and answer style similar to frequently asked questions (FAQs) found on Internet websites, with separate publications to aid the reader, NCSL International Quality Manual and Quality Assurance Procedures Template, and NCSL International Guide to Measurement Uncertainty for Calibration Laboratories.
Revision Year 2004


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Picture of the productLM-8: Guide to Measurement Uncertainty for Calibration Lab.
This guide to measurement uncertainty is intended for calibration laboratories, but can be used to help understand how to determine measurement uncertainty in many other situations and environments.

In April 1999, a survey of the NCSL International membership revealed that a guide to laboratory accreditation with example quality documents was the highest priority need. This Guide was initiated by the Accreditation Resources Committee, coordinated by the Vice President of Publications, and approved for publication by the NCSL International Board of Directors in 2001 to supplement the NCSL International Guide to Achieving Laboratory Accreditation.

In the final analysis, every laboratory must develop its own approach to satisfying its clients' requirements for accreditation and its own quality documentation, both of which will be unique to the business, agency or institution that the laboratory serves and represents.
Revision Year 2002


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Picture of the productLM-11: Comparison Between Z540.1-1994 and 17025: 2000
This Guide was prepared by NCSL International toward the goal of uniformity in the field of instrumentation and measurement. The content of this guide was originally assembled by an ad hoc working group operating under the direction of the NCSLI 174 Standards Writing Committee. The working group hopes that the modifications offered here will provide a tool useful to the measurement community, primarily in converting quality manuals from "Z540-1.1994 (R2002)" to "ANSI/ISO/IEC 17025:2000".
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The testing and calibration laboratory community was just getting comfortable with the ISO/IEC 17025:1999 standard, when, in 2000, ISO CASCO insisted that all ISO conformity assessment standards must contain the same quality management requirements as those found in ISO 9000:2000. Therefore, the ISO CASCO 17025 working group was informed that ISO/IEC 17025:1999 had to be revised. This guide presents and discusses the specific amendments to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard that resulted in the revision to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. In addition, possible ways to meet the new ISO/IEC 17025 requirements are suggested. Finally the schedule of implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for the laboratories and the accreditation bodies is discussed.
Revision Year 2005


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The Personnel Training Requirements Committee (now Workplace and Professional Development Committee) charter was developed in 1995 with an objective to formulate a Laboratory Management (LM) concerning training of laboratory personnel. The initial focus of the committee was on requirements for training calibration technicians and on means to “provide objective evidence” that a person who performed a particular calibration was qualified and competent to do so. In 1996 a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum Competency Profile), coordinated by HEAT (the Higher Education and Advanced Technology Center, Lowry, Colorado) was held in Boulder, Colorado. This project, sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation, was attended by government and industry representatives from throughout the metrology community. With the support of academia, the DACUM was successful in developing a profile of competencies and skills for engineers and technicians. The content/output from the DACUM project was used as a basis for the original NCSLI Guide to Personnel Qualifications published in 2005. This Laboratory Management (LM) expands upon and enhances the original document. This LM is the third in a series of publications that provide practical guidance to laboratories as related to personnel (Human Resources, HR) issues. The first was NCSLI RP-17 Documenting Metrology Education, Training and On-the-Job Training. The second was NCSLI RP-20 Laboratory Workforce Planning.

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This Handbook provides the essential items needed by a Human Resources professional to evaluate three positions relative to metrology:
    (1) calibration technician
    (2) calibration engineer
    (3) metrologist
It includes industry-accepted job descriptions, salary information, career statistics, educational opportunities, and reference materials in support of standardized job descriptions for the metrology profession. Because there is limited published and accepted information on metrology professions by government agencies, this publication provides a consolidated reference of this essential information. The information contained within this document was consolidated from data found in the joint American Society for Quality, Measurement Quality Division (ASQMQD) and National Conference of Standards Laboratories International (NCSLI) 2006-07 Metrology Job Description Initiative, and A Measurement Standard for Evaluating Metrology Positions.
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Picture of the productLM-15: Lab Recovery Planning; Disasters and Planned Events
Most organizations seldom plan, or have limited plans, for mitigating the effects of disasters, accidents and crises because they happen rarely; however, when disasters occur, organizations may experience an uncomfortable and abrupt awareness that they have inadequate plans and now must react to recover and rebuild. Recovery from disaster is exceptionally difficult, and sometimes, without adequate planning, it is impossible. Developing a comprehensive recovery plan can truly mean the difference between lasting devastation and destruction and successful recovery for a laboratory. This document discusses and covers contingencies for both planned and unplanned events.
Revision Year 2014


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This handbook provides the details of a basic approach and methods, which may be used to convert technical content into training material. The approach used here includes Bloom's Taxonomy theory and the Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate (ADDIE) Instructional Design Model. It explores ways in which ADDIE and Bloom's Taxonomy can be integrated and applied when developing, delivering, and evaluating the results of a training course. It explores adult learning methods and the means for assessing the learning event to determine whether or not objectives have been met.
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Picture of the productLM-17: Leading in the Laboratory: Applying Leadership
This Laboratory Management (LM) Guide provides guidance on leadership for laboratory personnel currently in a leadership position or aspiring to leadership. This document explores personal leadership qualities, models, and roles. While providing information on different aspects of leadership, this LM also helps to improve one’s ability to form and maintain connected and empowered relationships with various employees and customers. Understand different leadership principles can also help cultivate the desire for development of self and others. In addition, this document explores the transition into leadership and what strategies can assist with the transition from laboratory technician to leader.
This document differentiates between leadership and management, emphasizing that effective leadership embodies vision, unifies and motivates people, and advances the technical excellence of the laboratory. Readers of this document will understand that leaders who effectively promote professional growth and productivity of both self and employees will encourage efficient organization performance and success.
While written for laboratory personnel, the leadership concepts in this document apply to any business. This document offers an overview of different leadership approaches as opposed to being a training manual for a distinct leadership approach.
Revision Year 2014


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Picture of the productLM-18 Safety and Ergonomics in the Laboratory
The intent of this document to provide guidance for establishing practical and effective work, health and safety Standard Operating Procedures for calibration and testing laboratories. While it is important that laboratories comply with OSHA, State and other Regulations, the first priority is to ensure safe work environments in cost effective manners. Numerous factors involving a laboratory’s operation could contribute to safety issues, such as Hazardous Material handling, storage and waste disposal, high voltage protection, heavy object handling, air quality control, radiation exposure, ergonomic design of work spaces, and toxic chemical exposure to name a few. ©2016

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