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A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. This standard has been approved for use by agencies of the Department of Defense.

Minimum requirements for field and laboratory personnel are defined. The practice also covers the establishment and main- 2. Referenced Documents tenance of a quality system. D Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained This practice may be supplemented by more specific criteria Fluids and requirements for particular projects.

Withdrawn 3 1. Comparisons 1. It is the AASHTO R18 Recommended Practice for Establishing and responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appro- Implementing a Quality System for Construction Materi- priate safety and health practices and determine the applica- als Testing Laboratories4 bility of regulatory limitations prior to use.

This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction 3. Terminology with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may 3. Published June Last previous edition approved in as D— Capitol St. No further reproductions authorized.

General Capabilities 3. Significance and Use and rock, 6. The criteria may be supplemented by more specific criteria and requirements. The existence of a formal accrediting body such as a following capabilities: federal, state, or independent agency is not necessary for the 6.

In such cases, users should ensure that all necessary 6. Personnel Qualifications 4. The person shall be a licensed 4. Current certification by national, regional or state authorities shall be considered as one means of evidence of 5. The inspections and tests for which they are adequately trained, certification shall be appropriate to the work required.

At a qualified and certified in accordance with applicable specifica- minimum, the written examination s shall include at least five tions. Current certification by national, positions in accordance with 7. It is also recognized that evidence of fulfilling the written examination requirement frequently a few laboratory control tests or inspections are Note 2.

The certification shall be appropriate to the work conducted at small field or peripheral locations. It is not the required. At a minimum, the written examination s shall intent of this practice that the supervisory personnel be directly include at least five of the testing or inspection methods listed present at such locations at all times. Quality System Criteria 7. Section 9, Quality Manual Requirements. Each document in 7. If a have a high school diploma or equivalent or trade school document is revised, the date of revision shall be indicated on training and have had sufficient on-the-job training to properly the document.

The quality manual shall be available for use by perform the test or inspection to which the person is assigned. This individual s shall have direct access to top examination requirement Note 2.

The certification shall be management Note 3. At a minimum, the written NOTE 3—This individual s may have other responsibilities for ex- examination s shall include at least five of the testing or ample, laboratory manager. Copies of current ASTM, method performed. The 7. The trainee cannot 8. The intervals specified in the quality manual shall be of sufficient length and detail to cover the entire test or shall be no greater than those indicated in Table 1 Note 4.

The agency shall have detailed 8. These procedures shall Guide E An inhouse program or a program operated by indicate the equipment required to perform the calibration or an independent third party is acceptable.

The scope of partici- verification. NOTE 4—When a maximum calibration or verification interval for a 8. Such records ing steps taken to determine the cause of poor results and shall include: corrective actions taken. Records pertaining to testing shall include next due date, and original observations, calculations, derived data and an identi- 8.

The cation device used. The procedure for amending qualified national authority. The agency shall, within 30 days reports shall require that the previously existing report be of the receipt of the evaluation report, submit to the qualified clearly referenced when an amendment is made. The references national authority a written report documenting how any shall establish a clear audit trail from the latest issuance or deficiencies were corrected. B Identification of the report and the date issued C Name and address of the client 9.

Alternatively, the quality manual may contain a deviations from the standard reference to the location of the biographical sketches. I Test results and other pertinent data required by the standard test method J Identification of any test results obtained from tests performed by a 9.

In addition to the description of training methods the document shall indicate what position s or employee s is responsible for the agency training program and maintenance of training records. In some cases, a NOTE 8—There may be several different methods employed for test report or test data sheet is the final form of the data. An individual with prior experience nician training and evaluation, and personnel shall be retained performing a specific test need only have competency confirmed by the by the laboratory in a secure location for a minimum of 3 years.

NOTE 6—There are many circumstances when a longer retention may 9. Records concerning the calibration and scribing the method s used to evaluate staff competency to verification of equipment are an example. Retention schedules of this type ensure that each test covered by the scope of this standard is usually require such records to be held throughout the useful life of the performed in accordance with standard procedures.

This de- equipment. Quality Manual Requirements technician and indicate what position s or employee s is responsible for evaluating staff competency and maintaining 9. These procedures shall ensure that each technician manual meeting the following requirements: performing the test method is evaluated.

Names, affiliations and 9. A reference to where the inventory is 9. Equipment such as chairs, desks and file cabinets may be excluded. These position descriptions shall iden- NOTE 11—An identification number assigned by the agency or other tify the position and include a description of the duties unique identifying information may be substituted for the model and serial associated with the position, required skills, education and number if this is the practice normally followed by the agency.

A refer- 9. For each item listed, the list shall include the document describing the policies that the agency follows interval of calibration or verification, a reference to the relative to subcontracting, if it engages in such activities.

A calibration or verification procedure used Note 12 , and the reference to where the policies may be found is acceptable if location of calibration and verification records Note These policies shall include procedures followed by the agency in selecting com- NOTE 12—When standard calibration procedures are used, the standard shall be referenced. When the procedure used has been prepared by the petent subcontractors who meet the requirements of this agency, the in-house designation shall be referenced.

It shall be indicated practice and reporting the results of testing performed by if the work is performed by an outside agency. If the agency does not engage in such activities, NOTE 13—In addition to being in the quality manual, this information the quality manual shall contain a statement to that effect. A record of each equipment at the specified intervals. This document shall report and related records shall be retained for at least three include the name of individual s responsible for ensuring that years and shall include the name of the person performing the calibration and verification activities are carried out, and test s.

NOTE 14—A printout showing a typical test record is acceptable if the The term retention refers to what is done after testing. Keywords the specified test results and all pertinent data. Committee D18 has identified the location of selected changes to this practice since the last issue, D—12, that may impact the use of this practice. Approved May 1, Committee D18 has identified the location of selected changes to this practice since the last issue, D—11, that may impact the use of this practice.

Approved March 1, Committee D18 has identified the location of selected changes to this practice since the last issue, D—10, that may impact the use of this practice.

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