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What’s Next for Safety?- Succession Planning

By | May 19th, 2022|

In many organizations, managing safety is not always a full- time job. Many have to oversee the safety program while also managing other day-to-day operations and other programs. Some safety professionals are lucky enough to [...]

High Reliability Safety- The Checklist

By | April 18th, 2022|

A High Reliability Organization (HRO) is one that works with complex and hazardous systems every day and yet retains a high level of safety and an error free environment. The first recognized HRO industries were [...]

Packing for the Journey- Specimen Shipping and Handling

By | March 19th, 2022|

If you are sending specimens outside of your lab for testing or for other purposes, there are many things to consider. Not just anyone in the laboratory should prepare the specimens for shipment, specific training [...]

3 Secrets Regarding Contamination in the Lab

By | February 19th, 2022|

Pete picked up his rack of specimens that needed to be delivered to the serology lab across the hall. He wore gloves because he was handling specimens, and he pushed the lab exit door open [...]

Opening a Safety Can of Worms

By | December 18th, 2021|

In the 1964 classic movie, Mothra versus Godzilla (released in the US as Godzilla vs. the Thing), a giant egg is washed ashore after a hurricane in Japan. Godzilla finds the egg and tries to [...]

Asking The Wrong Safety Questions

By | November 21st, 2021|

Many years ago, I was hired to perform a safety audit for a laboratory. As I walked through one department, an employee asked what I was doing. When I remarked that I was finding safety [...]

The Safety Reaction

By | October 23rd, 2021|

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 [...]

Imagined or Real? Super Villain Origin Stories

By | September 18th, 2021|

In the latest Marvel superhero movie, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a new villain is introduced to fans not familiar with the comic books. Older readers know, however, that Shang-Chi’s father [...]

Leading Safety in the Lab

By | August 18th, 2021|

The number of medical laboratory scientists (now clinical lab scientists) is dwindling. Baby Boomers have begun to retire, and even before that, there were more job openings than people to fill them. That means more [...]

Designed for Safety: Safety Showers and Floods

By | July 24th, 2021|

Whenever Jacob, the histology lab employee, poured the waste chemicals into the large barrel in the lab’s Central Accumulation Area, he always wore a face shield as well as a lab coat and gloves. He [...]

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