Is it worth the risk assessment?

By Dan Scungio As a safety professional, we know performing risk assessments is worth it—it is an integral piece of managing a safety program. Assessing risks and identifying … [Read more...]

Compliance Alert

OSHA Orders Inspectors to Use the Hammer to Enforce New COVID-19 Protocols

On June 21, OSHA issued a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring labs, hospitals and other providers to take extensive measures to protect frontline workers against risk of COVID-19 … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

Four Motivators Every Lab Safety Professional Should Know

By Dan Scungio If you search for top motivational movie speeches, you will see things that might work in real life. The President’s speech from Independence Day (1996), for example, might influence … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

3 unwritten safety rules every lab should follow

By Dan Scungio Many years ago, a woman purchased a cup of coffee in a restaurant drive-through. Not having a cup holder available in her car, she placed the cup between her legs to hold the coffee … [Read more...]


Tool: Model COVID-19 Workplace Hazard Assessment Policy

Among other things, the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requires labs and other covered employers to conduct a workplace hazard assessment to identify COVID-19 hazards. Here’s a Model … [Read more...]

Compliance Alert

Take 15 Steps to Comply with New OSHA Emergency Health Care Worker Protection Requirements

During the Trump administration, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came under heavy criticism for not doing enough to protect health care and other essential workers … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

A Code Call for Your Lab Co-worker

By Dan Scungio The lab employee felt faint in the middle of her shift and she sat down quickly on the lab stool. She asked to be taken to the Emergency Department, so her co-worker rolled her down … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

The Three Laws of Sharps Safety

By Dan Scungio In Isaac Asimov’s writings about science, he created “the three laws,” a set of rules designed by humans that robots must follow in that fictional society. Robots cannot harm human … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

FDA Reverses Course on Lab Worker Re-Use of N95 Masks

For decades, the N95 filtered mask has been a vital piece of personal protective equipment for lab, hospital and other frontline medical workers. But for months, shortages of that precious item which … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

Can You Require Lab Employees to Prove They Received the COVID-19 Vaccine?

"No Person May Gain Entry to the Laboratory Without Furnishing Proof of Their  -19 Vaccination Status" Normally, a sign like this would be highly problematic. Heck, simply asking employees if they’ve … [Read more...]