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Exposing Exposure Control

By | April 24th, 2016|

Marlene walked by the chemistry department and noticed several lab safety issues with Doug who was working there that day. Doug was wearing mesh sneakers. He had on a lab coat but his sleeves were [...]

The OSHA Consequences

By | March 13th, 2016|

Many lab managers and safety professionals tell me they cannot get staff to maintain compliance with the safety basics in the lab. There tends to be several different possible reasons for this, and you may [...]

The Lab Sound Barrier

By | February 13th, 2016|

Ergonomics tends to be a lesser concern in the realm of laboratory safety, and noise- an ergonomics issue- gets even less attention. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the College of American [...]

The Study of Work?

By | January 12th, 2016|

A few years ago the average age of medical technologists working in the field was 51, and that number is climbing. Many are nearing what they hope to be happy and healthy retirement years. Sometimes, [...]

Safety Success Down Any Path

By | December 12th, 2015|

For eight years, while performing lab safety audits, I have cited a couple of labs for having keyboards raised. The little legs on the rear of the computer keyboard were up and there was no [...]

The Safety Culture Issue

By | November 23rd, 2015|

On which side of the aisle do you stand on the subject of change? Things change – or – things never change? The only constant is change – or – it’s always the same old [...]

On Assertiveness

By | October 25th, 2015|

One of the most important on-going activities for a safety leader is the training of the safety team- not just training on safety regulations- but training team members how to coach employees about safety issues [...]

Getting Fired Up Over Safety

By | September 19th, 2015|

Every year I love to use October as the time to discuss fire safety. After all, many other organizations promote fire safety ever since October was designated as National Fire Prevention Month in 1922. This [...]

Lab Safety Q&A

By | August 23rd, 2015|

As a lab safety consultant, I get questions from many different lab professionals, and I share the answers to those questions in my monthly newsletter so that others with similar issues may benefit from the [...]

The Role of the Role Model

By | July 15th, 2015|

The importance of lab leadership (managers, pathologists, etc.) acting as a role model for safety cannot be overstated. At that same time, it would be foolish to ignore that fact that many lab leaders do [...]

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