Ensure samples are prepared, processed and analyzed according to established methods and procedures in support of quality and management systems.
Accurate registration, storage, retention and disposal of samples according to prescribed procedures.
Preparation / supervising preparation of samples for analysis.
Performing routine analysis on samples according to standard methods and procedures.
Operate instruments according to specified procedures
Maintain records indicating maintenance, working conditions and quality control measures.
Ensure good laboratory practices are followed.
Adhere to competency training program, keep competencies up to date.
Assist in sections when and if so communicated; doing task and analysis you have been declared competent for. Duties with regards to accredited analysis must receive priority over non-accredited work
Perform any other reasonable tasks as assigned by direct line manager.
Planning of tests and evaluation of results under supervision
Plan activities according to the sample volume and quantities receive
Ensure customer service requirements for testing / analysis are met.
Monitor and control stock levels of required chemicals and consumables. Evaluate results against quality control specifications
Adhere to sample turn-around timeframes.
Performing tests on all quality control samples according to standard methods and procedures
Accurately record results on QC charts
Evaluate results and report any deviation from quality control norms immediately
Reporting opinions and interpretations under supervision
Documenting of all relevant sample information.
Report all results on SLIMS and / or designated worksheets.
Calculation and record keeping of all analytical results
Method modification and development under supervision
Perform analysis and report results required for method and instrument validation.
Report shortcomings and deviations and perform communicated actions to implement and improve new and existing methods and procedures
Ensure the execution and finalization of method validation and associated work as they arise
Quality & Health & Safety System
Adhere to all quality and safety requirements of the SGS management system.
Actively participate in safety related activities.
Always wear appropriate protective clothing.
Adhere to all relevant HSE procedures and protocols.
Awareness of the dangers of chemicals used through the study of MSDS.
Keep workplace and equipment neat and tidy.
Perform Health and Safety inspections in designated areas
Report deviations and communicate instructions to improve and maintain the quality system.
Record keeping of all control and reference sample results.
Support operations and contribute to positive staff morale.
Supervise interns & lab assistants
nsure subordinate’s (interns & lab assistants) competencies are current.
Cease the use of any equipment that may be deemed to constitute a safety hazard or enter hazardous environments without the necessary knowledge and protection and report the situation to higher authority to take action.
Cease to carry on with work that may affect the quality (integrity) of services and report the situation to higher authority to take action.
Initiate a formal improvement request when a deviation of the system occurs, possible improvements are identified or when nonconformity is identified.
Other specific authorities as indicated on the Agri Food Laboratory Designated Staff List
Appropriate tertiary qualification or Grade 12 certificate
At least 5 years’ experience in duties described above
Relevant laboratory experience