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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 1. Administration
Agency 30. Department of General Services
Chapter 45. Certification for Noncommercial Environmental Laboratories

1VAC30-45-710. Environment and work areas.

Laboratory accommodations, test areas, energy sources, lighting, heating and ventilation shall be such as to facilitate proper performance of tests. Laboratories shall meet the requirements of subdivisions 1 through 8 of this section as appropriate to provide compliance with this requirement.

1. The environment in which these activities are undertaken shall not invalidate the results or adversely affect the required accuracy of measurement. Particular care shall be taken when such activities are undertaken at sites other than the permanent laboratory premises.

2. The laboratory shall provide for the effective monitoring, control and recording of environmental conditions as appropriate. Such environmental conditions may include biological sterility, dust, electromagnetic interference, humidity, mains voltage, temperature, and sound and vibration levels.

3. In instances where monitoring or control of any of the above-mentioned items are specified in a test method or by regulation, the laboratory shall meet and document adherence to the laboratory facility requirements.

4. There shall be effective separation between neighboring areas in which there are incompatible activities including culture handling or incubation areas and volatile organic chemical handling areas. The laboratory shall take measures to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Access to and use of all areas affecting the quality of these activities shall be defined and controlled.

6. Adequate measures shall be taken to ensure good housekeeping in the laboratory and to ensure that any contamination does not adversely affect data quality.

7. Work spaces shall be available to ensure an unencumbered work area.

8. Work areas include:

a. Access and entryways to the laboratory;

b. Sample receipt areas;

c. Sample storage areas;

d. Chemical and waste storage areas; and

e. Data handling and storage areas.

Statutory Authority

§ 2.2-1105 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 7, eff. January 1, 2009.

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