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3 Safety Mistakes Your Vendors Are Making

By | March 21st, 2023|

Laboratorians work with vendor or field service representatives on a regular basis, and it is important to develop a good working relationship with each of them to ensure continued smooth operations in the department. They [...]

Scary Specimen Transport Stories and Ways to Avoid Them

By | February 19th, 2023|

Specimen handling and transport is a vital training topic in the realm of Laboratory Safety. There is much to consider that affects specimen quality and integrity, and ultimately affects patient results. There are also considerations [...]

What is a Safety Stand Down?

By | January 19th, 2023|

In 2016, because of a number of incidents in several national high-containment laboratories, a “Safety Stand Down” was recommended. That term gets use often, but not everyone understands how a safety stand down works. Has [...]

Safety Training In and Out of Water

By | December 21st, 2022|

I am a pretty simple person, and the extravagant things of life do not generally entice me. I recently had the unusual opportunity to fly while sitting in the first-class section of the airplane, and [...]

The Sub-Mariner and the Safety Shower

By | November 19th, 2022|

As a super-hero fan, I was excited for several reasons to see the latest Marvel movie, Wakanda Forever. One reason was that the movie would mark the first live-action appearance of one of my favorite [...]

Is Lab Safety Corny?

By | October 22nd, 2022|

A recent internet sensation is Tariq, the newest “corn-bassador” of South Dakota. During an interview that was posted on Instagram, the young boy from Brooklyn, New York describes corn on the cob like a poet. [...]

Towering Over Safety

By | September 24th, 2022|

One of the great disaster movies of the 1970’s was The Towering Inferno. It was a story that took place during the grand opening of a new skyscraper. Of course, one of the engineers cut [...]

A Pox on Lab Safety

By | August 18th, 2022|

There is a new “pox” on lab safety- monkeypox. Like the most recent novel virus (COVID-19), the unknowns about the monkeypox virus is creating new safety concerns for laboratorians, and it is time now to [...]

Lab Safety in One Second

By | July 20th, 2022|

Often, I am asked how the person who is responsible for laboratory safety (yet has other duties as well) can get the job done well. In today’s labs there is tight staffing, tight budgeting, and [...]

Chemical Hygiene Hacks to Hold High

By | June 26th, 2022|

When the fire began in the university chemistry laboratory, it quickly got out of hand. They called the local fire department since the flames became too much for extinguishers to handle. When the fire trucks [...]

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