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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 [...]

Fighting Fire With Fire

By | September 16th, 2018|

In 1939 the first issue of Marvel Comics introduced the original Human Torch, an android named Jim Hammond who would burst into flames when exposed to oxygen. Fourteen years before that, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed [...]

The Safety Interpretation

By | August 18th, 2018|

When hospitals were placed on OSHA’s list of “high-risk” work places, no one had to ask why. OSHA adjusts that list based on the number of injuries that occur on the job each year in [...]

The Laboratory Safety Manual

By | July 21st, 2018|

Laboratory leadership should be committed to providing a safe working environment, and they should believe their employees have a right to know about health hazards associated with their work in the department.  In order for [...]

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