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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 [...]

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 [...]

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