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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 [...]

Ergonomics in the Laboratory Setting

By | June 12th, 2018|

Sometimes when I am talking about lab safety and the topic turns to ergonomics, I get an unusual reaction from the audience- laughter. It surprises me because while a great many lab leaders a have [...]

When the Cat’s Away…

By | May 17th, 2018|

Two lab technologists were bored while working on a slow night shift in the lab. They decided to take the leftover dry ice and put it in the sink to make a fog in the [...]

The Path to Pathogens

By | April 21st, 2018|

In December of 1991, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put forth a regulation that was designed to minimize healthcare workers’ exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM).  The regulation came about [...]

Changes in Laboratory Waste Management

By | March 24th, 2018|

In the past, if a laboratory or a facility generated less than 220 pounds (or 100 kilograms) of hazardous (chemical) waste each month, it was designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Very [...]

Lab Safety – The Letter of the Law

By | February 18th, 2018|

Jackie considered herself to be a great lab tech. She was proud that she followed the rules of the department, especially the safety regulations. Jackie just knew she would have an exciting career that would [...]

Staffing ABCs

By | January 19th, 2018|

When I was growing up near Buffalo, New York, experiencing two snow storms in three weeks was no big deal- in fact it was rather commonplace. When I joined the laboratory workforce, those storms really [...]

The Workaround

By | December 16th, 2017|

Laboratorians are resourceful, and if you follow them through their work day, you would be amazed at some of the processes they have put into place in order to perform the tasks they’ve been assigned [...]

Taking Controls

By | November 16th, 2017|

The well-established “Hierarchy of Controls” is a system used to eliminate or reduce hazards in the workplace. Whether or not you’ve heard this term, if you work in the laboratory, you’ve been an active participant [...]

The Range of Chemical Risk

By | October 13th, 2017|

The first time you pick up a bottle of hydrochloric acid, if you’ve been properly educated about the dangers, it can be scary. You handle the bottle carefully, and you’re sure not to spill at [...]

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