..to my professional life. People at work worry when they get mails like the one I sent Friday afternoon (I’m OK but you know how my humour gets when I’m jaded): For those with phones who might struggle with the tiny writing I have added the text at the bottom!
BTW I ended up organising balance calibrations for the site 14 years and a promotion ago but I can’t seem to ditch the job. Don’t mind really – if you want a job doing right, do it yourself!
FAO lab balances users/owners, though anyone else can feel free to read it if you are having a slow day, or you could just take off home instead. I would.
Bill and Sam from PBS have completed the balance service and calibration. Amazingly they didn’t find any new ones I didn’t know about this year. But they (and I) did fail to find a couple that were done last year. These belonged to the usual mischievous suspects who seem to delight in moving balances around just to keep me on my toes. Given I have separate injuries to both knees this week I really appreciated the extra exercise searching the place – cheers for that.
I last saw the PBS boys heading off to Windermere. I am assuming they got there and safely home afterwards but I have not heard from them since. At some point today or Monday (if the lads are not at the bottom of the lake or have been eaten by the Cumbrian natives or seduced by a couple of sheep) I expect to get the visit report and a link to download the certificates. I’ll be back when that has been done. Don’t get over-excited waiting please. I’m agog with anticipation enough for all of us. Honest.
I do have a couple of points about individual balances (they are, in Bill’s Geordie technical parlance, ‘knackered, man’) but will contact their owners with the bad news separately so they do not have to grieve in public.
So – to next year. Bill will have retired (he has looked after our balances for 13 years) and expects to hand over to Sam. I mention Bill’s retirement only because I am green with envy.
It is time for an overhaul of the balances list. We have two levels of calibration: The full ISO17025 certificate calibration for the accredited labs, and a simpler and less expensive ‘traceability certificate’ to comply with ISO9001 for the rest.
There are a number of balances that get the full ISO17025 calibration needlessly (in my opinion). The radioecology labs have relinquished their accreditation so no longer really need this level of calibration. There are also a few balances on B floor (B71 and B77) and in the SSU which I don’t think really merit this level of calibration either. Dropping these to simply ‘Traceability certificate’ would reduce the number of ISO17025 balances from 26 to 12!
This would reduce time and cost and also help reduce the pile of pointless sh.. administrative fun that makes me look joyfully forward to being here each day.
If anyone has any objections to the plan to reduce the calibration level for these balances then please say so. If not then I will adjust the list for next year.