Lab Matters Spring 2020 - Page 14

FOOD SAFETY Standardizing Competency in Human and Animal Food Laboratories by Robyn Randolph, senior specialist, Food Laboratory Accreditation The National Curriculum Standard Laboratory Curriculum Framework (LCF) is a national effort to standardize training and competency in human and animal food testing laboratories (Figure 1). Over the past seven years, APHL members and partners in the LCF Workgroup have captured important skills and knowledge that every human and animal laboratorian should possess to be successful in their position. LCF covers five professional levels—Entry, Mid-level, Expert, Supervisor/Manager and Senior Administration. For each particular subject, or “content area,” the LCF Workgroup developed competency statements that outline the knowledge and skills a laboratorian at that professional level should possess to perform their job functions successfully. Content areas are either “core” (applying to all laboratory professionals) or “program-specific” (applying to laboratory professionals in chemistry, microbiology or specialized programs). Many content areas in this framework, such as Basic Communication Skills and Ethics, contain competencies that will have broad applicability beyond just human and animal food testing. Public Health Significance LCF is an important tool that can ensure comparable work performed by laboratorians regardless of location, which assists other states and jurisdictions in accepting and acting upon laboratory data. Supervisors can use the competencies in performance reviews, assessing whether a laboratorian is competent in their position or is ready to advance to a higher level. The courses (process described below) can supplement in-house training, providing additional resources for new-hire and continuing education trainings. Additionally, LCF Human and Animal Food Laboratory Professionals Curriculum Framework - May, 2020 Senior Administration Supervisor / Manager Program Specific Supervisor / Manager Expert (Program Specific) Expert Accreditation / Certification Acidified Foods Advocacy Conflict Resolution and Mediation Budget Advanced Chemistry Advanced Leadership Change Management Incident Command System (ICS) Allergens Continuity of Operations Facility Management Animal Food Human Food Shellfish Advanced Microbiology Negotiation Evidence-Based Decision Making Human Resource Management ISO (Section 4) Instrument Repair Grant Writing Legislative Affairs Risk Communication Introduction Leadership / Executive Program Certificates & Certifications Laboratory Evaluation Officer Internal Audit Organizational Culture Coaching Labeling Policy Making Program / Grant Management Nanotechnology Measurement Uncertainty Public Relations Animal Health Method Modification / Development Risk Analysis (Management & Communication) Animal Food Risk Analysis Stakeholder Support Human Food Systems Analysis Instructor Development Project Management Shellfish Chemistry Microbiology Validation Methods Certificates & Certifications Mid (Program Specific) Animal Food Animal Health Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectroscopy (GCMS) Dairy Environmental Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS) Human Food Shellfish Audit Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectroscopy (LCMS) Hazardous Material Shipping National Laboratory Networks Methods Infectious Agent Shipping Radiological Animal Food Safety Animal Health Food Safety Waste Management Environmental Conditions Advanced Technologies Milk and Dairy Product Safety Shellfish National Laboratory Networks Methods Mid Advanced Communication Skills Advanced Quality Techniques Basic Leadership Skills Critical Thinking Evidentiary Integrity Human and Animal Food Incident Response Laboratory Networks, Collaborations, and Interagency Programs Legal Proceedings Method Evaluation and Selection Root Cause Analysis Certificates & Certifications Entry (Program Specific) Basic Chromatography Animal Food Biosafety Level 3 Dairy Regulatory Programs Select Agents Shellfish Regulatory Programs Basic Separation / Extraction Techniques Basic Mass Spectrometry Basic Spectroscopy Environmental Monitoring and Investigations Aseptic Techniques Basic Foodborne Pathogens Environmental Conditions Microbiological Testing Entry Accreditation/ Certification Basic Communication Skills Basic Laboratory Math Basic Laboratory Statistics Basic Laboratory Techniques Chain of Custody Ethics Incident Command System (ICS) Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Laboratory Sampling Method Resources Public Health (One Health) Approach Quality Management Systems Regulatory Programs Regulatory Sampling Safety Waste Management Figure 1: National Curriculum Standard Laboratory Curriculum Framework 12 LAB MATTERS Spring 2020 PublicHealthLabs @APHL