Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Laboratory (CIHL) at the Navy Environmental and Preventative Medicine Unit 5

Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Laboratory at the Navy Environmental and Preventative Medicine Unit 5

You must be a U.S. citizen to participate at this laboratory. No dual citizens or permanent residents will be considered for this facility. You must be enrolled at a four year U.S. college or university deemed accredited by the U.S. Department of Education who has completed at least one year of chemistry coursework to include laboratory work.  You must secure transportation to and from Naval Base, San Diego and housing accommodations.  Must be able to participate for the full duration of the program and available during laboratory’s normal working hours (M-F 0600-1600).      

We are looking for bright, motivated, reliable students who have an interest in analytical chemistry and would like the opportunity to learn about method validation relating to industrial hygiene fields of testing. 

CIHL analyzes several thousands of samples annually and provide analytical services in the areas of industrial hygiene for the analysis of air, toxic properties products and performance of toxicological testing to evaluate workers exposure to hazardous material. The laboratory is accredited by two entities, the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP), LLC and Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA).  Both accreditation programs are fully compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards, ISO-IEC 17011 and ISO 9001, respectively.

Method validation is a crucial part of analytical chemistry for implementation of new methods.  Established methods approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and/or National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are modified to fit the needs to the analytical method, the field of testing required and the laboratory’s capabilities.    

Students will be assigned a mentor who will trained them in good laboratory practices, method validation, generalization of the instrumentation and a review of quality assurance and quality control.  An analytical method will provided and with the guidance of your mentor, the assigned analytical method will be required to have a complete validation.