MANAGING STAFF

Trap to Avoid: Asking Lab Employees about Their Latex Allergies

"Are you allergic to latex?" It seems like a perfectly legitimate thing to ask, especially to an employee who's expected to wear latex gloves on the job. The problem is that asking the question may … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Perspectives: How to Implement a Respiratory Protection Program at Your Lab

Worker exposure to infection and hazardous substances is a constant and pressing challenge for lab managers. And if yours is among the many labs where workers are required to use respirators, you face … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Changes in hazardous waste management: the Generator Improvement Rule

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio 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 … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

The Safety Interpretation

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio When hospitals were placed on OSHA's list of "high-risk" workplaces, no one had to ask why. OSHA adjusts that list based on the number of … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

Where’s your lab safety manual?

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Laboratory leadership should be committed to providing a safe working environment, and they should believe their employees have a right to … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Tool: Respirator Fit Testing Checklist

If you require lab workers to use respirators, you must implement a Respiratory Protection Program that meets the standards set out in the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134(f)) … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Compliance Perspectives: The 12 Things to Include in Your Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy

MYTH Employee drug testing is illegal in states where it's legal to use recreational or medical marijuana WHAT'S AT STAKE No! No! No! The truth is that state laws on marijuana use and … [Read more...]

MODEL POLICY

Tool: Model Pandemic Influenza Policy

Although not officially a pandemic, the miserable 2018 flu season is a vivid reminder of the importance of preparing so that your lab responds effectively if and when the next pandemic does hit. The … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Emergency Staffing ABCs

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio When I was growing up near Buffalo, New York, experiencing two snow storms in three weeks was no big deal; in fact, it was rather commonplace. … [Read more...]

OSHA

The 10 Assumptions NOT to Make when Doing Your OSHA 300s

December is here and it's time for the logs. No, not the yule logs—the OSHA 300 logs! It's time to get the year's injury and illness records in order and start getting the OSHA 300A ready for the Feb. … [Read more...]


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