Workplace Safety

The power of the pause for avoiding injury

By Dan Scungio bio The majority of laboratory injuries and exposures are preventable, and most of them occur because people are not paying close attention to the situation. They lose their … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

Statistics Suggest OSHA Has Been Lax in Enforcing Workplace COVID-19 Safety

As COVID-19 cases surge, going to work has become a risky proposition, especially for employees of labs, hospitals and other health care facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration … [Read more...]

Tool: Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

It behooves you to ensure that lab workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also co-workers, patients and others at your facility. But what if workers neglect or just … [Read more...]

Tool: Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

It behooves you to ensure that lab workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also co-workers, patients and others at your facility. But what if workers neglect or just … [Read more...]

Tool: Lab Worker’s Acknowledgement of Decision to Decline COVID-19 Vaccination

You should ensure that lab workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect not only themselves but also co-workers, patients and others at your facility. But what if workers neglect or just plain … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

What will 2021 bring for lab safety programs?

By Dan Scungio bio As we say goodbye and good riddance to the year 2020, we hesitatingly welcome 2021. What will the new year bring? Can it be worse than the last year? Are we prepared to deal with … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

“COVID captains” promote safety precautions

By Dan Scungio bio The year 2020 is roaring to a close, and COVID-19 is unfortunately still around. We have made changes to our lives at home, in public, and at work. Lab workers and other … [Read more...]

Tool

Model Substance Abuse and Fitness for Duty Policy

Workplace substance abuse remains a major challenge for labs. Although sound in principle, the traditional zero tolerance policy is ill-suited to the legal complexities of the modern world. This is … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a Legally Sound Substance Abuse Policy

Bottom Line on Top: Make it all about fitness for duty, rather than zero tolerance Although it may sound good, zero tolerance may not be the best foundation on which to build a legally enforceable … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

OSHA Fines New Jersey Hospital for Coronavirus Respiratory Protection Violations

Case: OSHA is proposing to fine the hospital $9,639 for two serious violations: i. Failure to fit test tight-fitting respirators face piece respirators on employees required to use them; and ii. Not … [Read more...]


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