ANSI/ASQC E4: A Quality System Standard for Environmental Data Collection and Technology

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Johnson, Gary L.   (1994, ASQC)   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

Annual Quality Congress, Las Vegas NV    Vol. 48    No. 0
QICID: 10177    May 1994    pp. 803-808
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Article Abstract

Several Federal Government agencies used different quality assurance (QA) and quality control standards based upon their respective environmental data operations. These agencies included the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

To establish uniform requirements and to "harmonize" the varied QA requirements for implementing quality systems for environmental programs, the ASQC Energy and Environmental Quality Division (EEQD) developed the standard, ANSI/ASQC E4-19xx, Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs. The first public release of the proposed draft was issued in March 1991 and, by January 1994, the proposed standard was submitted to the ASQC Standards Committee for approval.

The ANSI/ASQC E4 document addresses the minimum criteria for: (1) the collection, evaluation and use of environmental data, and (2) the design, construction,and operation of environmental technology. Part A describes the elements needed to effectively manage environmental programs. Part B addresses the additional quality system elements for planning, implementing, and assessing environmentally-related data operations, including the collection, handling, analysis, and evaluation of environment-related data. Part C provides additional quality system elements concerning environmental technology that remediate environmental contamination, prevent or remove pollutants from process discharges, or dispose of or store hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

Keywords

American Society for Quality Control (ASQC),Department of Defense (DOD),Department of Energy (DOE),Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC),Quality management (QM),Environment


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