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EH&S Staff Earn Excellent Rating on Proficiency Test

Four members of the Asbestos Section of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) have received an excellent rating on a national proficiency accreditation test.

The test covered asbestos fiber determination and analysis and is administered by the American Industrial Hygiene Association Proficiency Analytical Testing program.

“Achieving an excellent rating is rare and is indicative of the efforts put forth by the Asbestos Section to provide a safe and healthy work environment for Texas Tech faculty, staff and students,” said Cliff Harris, EH&S interim director.

Achieving the excellent rating were Mike Toombs, Fernando Andrade, Jose M. Hernandez and Travis Dodson.

The Proficiency Analytical Testing program is an accreditation program managed by AIHA to promote excellence in the detection and analysis of specific organic and inorganic compounds recognized as significantly hazardous. The Texas Tech asbestos program has participated in AIHA program since 1990 and has always maintained its proficiency. Departments must analyze four blind samples for asbestos fibers four times per year.