GHL takes pride in its relationship and connection with the following organizations/agencies
Canadian Environmental Technology Verification (CETV)
CETV is a nationally recognized program that provides an independent and reliable process for verifying environmental performance claims of innovative technologies, processes and products. The CETV process provides objective and quality-assured performance data on environmental technologies so that users, developers, regulators, and other stakeholders can make informed decisions about purchasing, applying and regulating these technologies. As a result, this will help accelerate the adoption of new environmental technologies in the market. Since the CETV program may be applicable to any environmental technology, it does not adhere to technology specific protocols, but rather, is governed by a General Verification Protocol (GVP) that outlines the general requirements for a verification process and ensures consistency of verifications. That said, a number of technology specific procedures and protocols have been developed to serve as a guidance in the verification process, including the Procedure for Laboratory Testing of Oil-Grit Separators.
The CETV program is owned by the Canadian Federal Government through Environment Canada and is administered by Globe Performance Solutions (GPS). GPS collaborates with a consortium of Canada’s leading testing and research facilities and experts who provide the actual testing and verification activities. GHL is a member of the GPS Consortium that specializes in stormwater treatment and can provide either testing or verification.
However, as per CETV requirements, GHL may not complete both testing and verification for the same project; the testing and verifying organizations for any given project must be completely independent.For organizations that are seeking to verify their technologies, but still require testing to be completed, the process of obtaining CETV approval typically follows the process below:
- The first step would entail initiating contact with GPS and submitting an initial pre-screening application. Once the technology has gone through the initial review stages, a formal application would be submitted to GPS, whose team works with clients to identify prospective testing and verification options.
- The second step involves working with a selected testing organization to produce a Technology Specific Test Program (TSTP) and confirming with GPS that the TSTP meets requirements set out in the GVP. Of importance is that any test data collected be of sufficient quality and quantity in order to support the technology’s performance claim statistically at a 95% level of confidence. Upon review and approval of the TSTP, the applicant may commence with testing activities.
- The third step involves submission of the completed test report to GPS, as part of the overall formal application to the CETV Program.
Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council
The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a public-private coalition working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. ITRC produces documents and training that broaden and deepen technical knowledge and expedite quality regulatory decision making while protecting human health and the environment.
Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA)
SWEMA supports the regulatory and engineering communities as well as the individual cities and states in implementing the Clean Water Act.Association members recognize that as cities, counties and states around the country must develop stormwater initiatives, they have few resources to turn to for guidance and help. This, coupled with tight budgets, limited research staff to find the best solutions for controlling stormwater, and unique regional challenges, creates a monumental task.
SWEMA provides a single source to turn to for direction in the development of their standards and regulations.
Dr. Greg Williams, Managing Director of Good Harbour Laboratories, is currently the chair of the SWEMA Technical Committee and a member of the Board of Directors.
VerifiGlobal assists technology companies and solution providers seeking market acceptance of the technologies and solutions they provide. VerifiGlobal helps determine the principal market barriers to their innovations and ensures that proposed performance measurement and verification activities are aligned to address and overcome these barriers.
As a Verifiglobal Alliance Member, GHL is able to:
- Provide accelerated market adoption for client’s products through access of strategic alliances, technology investment and project financing
- Serve a broad range of clients through target lead generation and co-marketing with governments and private sector
- Provide greater potential for reciprocity and acceptance of test methods and performance data across multiple jurisdictions
- Provide a streamlined process and quality assurance with working arrangements that maximize efficient use of resources
- Provide performance evaluation and quality assurance services, including training of testing and verification bodies, and follow-up performance monitoring for its clients
BSI Group Canada
British Standards Institute (BSI) Group Canada ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard that can benefit any size organization. Designed to be a powerful business improvement tool.
In order to provide clients with quality tests and results and maintain consistency and transparency GHL has implemented a Quality Management System (QMS) certified by BSI ISO:9001:2008 Quality Standard.