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Flying the Lab

By | July 17th, 2019|

The airline attendant went through her safety routine as usual. As usual, very few people paid attention. Many had heard it all before, or they were reading, napping, or talking. It made me wonder- what [...]

The Physical Fix

By | June 24th, 2019|

The microbiology laboratory was newly remodeled, and the staff was excited to have windows in the department. But when summer came, it was unbearably hot in the department, and the building’s air handling systems could [...]

Changes in Hazardous Waste Management- The Generator Improvement Rule

By | May 20th, 2019|

If you haven’t heard by now, you should know that the EPA published its Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) in 2016. It is an update to the organization’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), a set [...]

The Cost of Living Dangerously

By | April 19th, 2019|

Alicia was working the night shift, and she tripped on the edge of a floor mat while holding a rack of specimens. She had complained about the old mats before because the edges had been [...]

The Safety Reaction

By | March 23rd, 2019|

The toddler’s father let her hand go so he could pay for their dinner at the busy airport. The little girl quickly wandered away and suddenly found herself at the top of a long escalator [...]

Accidents Happen – Now What?

By | February 23rd, 2019|

Susan was getting ready to work in the microbiology lab. She sat down after donning her lab coat, but before she put on gloves, she picked up some reports that were on the counter. As [...]

A Plan for Your Life

By | January 19th, 2019|

I read a written Laboratory Emergency Management Plan, and at the end of the document there was a short section called “Planning for Home and Family Safety.” The procedure mentioned making emergency plans with family [...]

Doing What We’ve Always Done

By | December 15th, 2018|

The reference Cytology lab has always had limited storage space for supplies and specimens. They use tall wire racks to store the many liquid-based cytology specimen vials. The vials contain small amounts of flammable chemicals, [...]

Wasteful Questions

By | November 19th, 2018|

Understanding the proper separation and disposal of the various waste types generated in the lab setting is an important piece of managing the overall laboratory safety program. Educating staff about trash segregation, storage and packaging [...]

Fighting Fire…Again

By | October 21st, 2018|

Every October I try to write about fire safety in accordance with National Fire Protection Month. This year the saga continues into November since there is so much fire safety information to discuss! The basics [...]

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