LAB SAFETY

By the Numbers: Lab Injury and Exposure Data

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Finding information about the number of Laboratory Acquired Infections (LAIs) and other laboratory injuries in the United States is difficult. … [Read more...]

SURVIVING AN INSPECTION

The 5 Things You Should Never Say to an OSHA Inspector

The way you handle an OSHA inspection can have as much impact on the outcome as the actual health and safety condition of your lab. More precisely, the things your front line employees do and say when … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

How Much Time Does OSHA Have to Cite Labs for Recordkeeping Violations?

GROUND RULE OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations (Section 1904.33) require labs and other employers to retain accurate illness and injury records) for 5 years. OSHA has a 6-month window to issue … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Getting a new lab space? Design it for safety now and save thousands later

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a laboratory manager who worked in a hospital that was designing a new stand-alone … [Read more...]

LABORATORY SAFETY

Making Laboratory Safety as Simple as ABC

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio When it comes to safety in the laboratory, there are several rules, regulations, and guidelines to keep track of from multiple organizations. … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

OSHA Fines Address Bloodborne Pathogen and Violence Hazards

Case: OSHA fined a Pennsylvania mental health hospital $32,158 for a trio of safety violations, including failing to protect nurses, medical technicians and other employees against workplace violence … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Don’t Overlook Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Issues

Violations of Medicare-related laws such as the Anti-Kickback Statute, self-referral law and the False Claims Act can cost laboratories and pathology groups potentially millions of dollars and thus, … [Read more...]

News at a Glance – Feb 2016

Few Hospitals Planning for Precision Medicine. Except for academic medical centers, few hospital executives see personalized medicine playing a significant role at their organization, according to a … [Read more...]

MANAGING THE LAB

CDC Year in Review and Future Plans Include Laboratory Safety

By Kelly A. Briganti, Editorial Director, G2 Intelligence Laboratory safety and diagnosis of infections figure prominently in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) review of 2015 and … [Read more...]

News at a Glance – Jan 2016

CMS Transitions Away from Meaningful Use As We Know It. Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt announced Jan. 11 at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco that the Centers for Medicare … [Read more...]


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