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COVID-19 and The Pyramid – Protecting Laboratorians

By | April 26th, 2020|

In 1950 the United States National Safety Council began describing what became known as the “hierarchy of controls.” Often depicted as a pyramid, it lists (in order of importance and effectiveness) the methods required to [...]

My PPE is Back-Ordered- Now What? COVID-19 Alternate Safe Practices

By | March 21st, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic is peaking in the United States, and many things are being affected in unprecedented ways. Schools are closing, business travel is banned, gatherings are canceled, and stores are out of…toilet paper. There [...]

The Psychiatry of Lab Safety

By | March 9th, 2020|

With the rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19), many lab folks have raised questions about the potential affects to their job, their safety and their health. A new pathogen has emerged, and like previous [...]

Breathing Easy – What You Need to Know About Respiratory Protection

By | January 25th, 2020|

In the peak of the flu season you might see many people wearing masks. Do these protect the person wearing them? Do they protect you? Is that considered a respirator? These questions are important, but [...]

The SPILL Drill

By | December 19th, 2019|

Large biological and chemical spills are not a common occurrence in the laboratory. That’s a good thing, but when they do occur, they can create a very dangerous situation. It is vital that staff know [...]

A Perspective on Lab Safety

By | November 16th, 2019|

I attended a work shop where different people were allowed to express their views on life from their generation’s perspective. One group representative said that members of the “Millennials” generation often acted as if entitled [...]

Lab Safety Leadership

By | October 13th, 2019|

The number of medical laboratory scientists is dwindling. Baby Boomers have been retiring, and even before that started, there were more laboratory job openings than people to fill them. That means more opportunities in the [...]

The PPE Compliance Conundrum

By | September 15th, 2019|

In a recent laboratory poll about Personal Protective Equipment, 85% of respondents said their biggest issues had nothing to do with selecting PPE, purchasing it, or training staff. The biggest issue they deal with on [...]

The Lab and the Pharmaceutical Rule- Do They Go Together?

By | August 21st, 2019|

Many laboratorians may not have noticed, but in February of this year, the EPA published the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine, better known as the “Pharmaceutical [...]

Flying the Lab

By | July 17th, 2019|

The airline attendant went through her safety routine as usual. As usual, very few people paid attention. Many had heard it all before, or they were reading, napping, or talking. It made me wonder- what [...]

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