Dan’s Blog

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 [...]

The Safety Reaction

By | March 23rd, 2019|

The toddler’s father let her hand go so he could pay for their dinner at the busy airport. The little girl quickly wandered away and suddenly found herself at the top of a long escalator [...]

Accidents Happen – Now What?

By | February 23rd, 2019|

Susan was getting ready to work in the microbiology lab. She sat down after donning her lab coat, but before she put on gloves, she picked up some reports that were on the counter. As [...]

A Plan for Your Life

By | January 19th, 2019|

I read a written Laboratory Emergency Management Plan, and at the end of the document there was a short section called “Planning for Home and Family Safety.” The procedure mentioned making emergency plans with family [...]

Subscribe to Dan's FREE Email Newsletter

Join Dan's mailing list to receive news, updates, and helpful information.

You have Successfully Subscribed!