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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 [...]

The Physical Fix

By | June 24th, 2019|

The microbiology laboratory was newly remodeled, and the staff was excited to have windows in the department. But when summer came, it was unbearably hot in the department, and the building’s air handling systems could [...]

Changes in Hazardous Waste Management- The Generator Improvement Rule

By | May 20th, 2019|

If you haven’t heard by now, you should know that the EPA published its Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) in 2016. It is an update to the organization’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), a set [...]

The Cost of Living Dangerously

By | April 19th, 2019|

Alicia was working the night shift, and she tripped on the edge of a floor mat while holding a rack of specimens. She had complained about the old mats before because the edges had been [...]

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