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#1 JBN_Qaco

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Posted 07 October 2020 - 01:12 PM

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Can anyone help me on how to define investigative sampling and testing if there is a positive result (e.g.E.coli) obtained in any areas of Zones 1-4 for Environmental Monitoring Program? Sampling for zone 1 is weekly, zones 2 and 3 are monthly while zone 4 is done quarterly. 

 

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 04:56 PM

During an investigation, all presumptive results will be treated as positive. Upon finding a presumptive, you will begin investigative sampling. Investigative sampling involves using search and destroy methodology which is based on use of vector swabs taken in a starburst pattern around the positive location. Based on the zones 1-4 the number of investigative samples is 10, 9, 7, 5 respectively. It may be worth it to include an image of a starburst pattern to further your point.


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Posted 09 October 2020 - 01:48 AM

During an investigation, all presumptive results will be treated as positive. Upon finding a presumptive, you will begin investigative sampling. Investigative sampling involves using search and destroy methodology which is based on use of vector swabs taken in a starburst pattern around the positive location. Based on the zones 1-4 the number of investigative samples is 10, 9, 7, 5 respectively. It may be worth it to include an image of a starburst pattern to further your point.

Hi Sir Danny,

 

Thank you very much for your input. This is a big help for our team. 

 

We usually obtain a positive result (E.coli) for non-process areas only such as maintenance floor, laundry room floor and warehouse area floor. What can you suggest to prevent such occurence.

 

Thanks again for your comment.



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Posted 09 October 2020 - 05:58 AM

Hi Sir Danny,

 

Thank you very much for your input. This is a big help for our team. 

 

We usually obtain a positive result (E.coli) for non-process areas only such as maintenance floor, laundry room floor and warehouse area floor. What can you suggest to prevent such occurence.

 

Thanks again for your comment.

 

Hi JBN,

 

I suggest that to include "floors" in yr EMPG is likely superfluous.

 

@Danny-Thks yr input.

 

Indeed, the starburst approach has been mentioned a few times on this forum, eg -

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...sop/#entry90836

 

The actions depend on the specific finding (risk) of course. I quite liked the detailed (L.mono) explanation provided in the attachment of Post 2 in above thread but can note that its requirements may involve a small army. I fear yr numbers may be heading the same way :smile:.


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Charles.C





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