INFORMATICS

AI May Cut ‘Wrong Blood in Tube’ Errors

Machine learning-based multianalyte delta checks may be effective at identifying 'wrong blood in tube' (WBIT) errors, according to a proof-of-concept study published in the American Journal of … [Read more...]

FDA

FDA Biological Products Agency Issues New Recommendations for Emergency Weather Response

With another hurricane season wreaking havoc, the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), which regulates biological products for human use, is calling on labs to pay attention to … [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...]

LAB SAFETY

Changes in laboratory waste management

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio In the past, if a laboratory or a facility generated less than 220 pounds (or 100 kilograms) of hazardous (chemical) waste each month, it was … [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...]

MANAGING STAFF

Model Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy

While it may be the most effective way to enforce your anti-drug and alcohol policies, an employee testing policy must be carefully drafted to withstand legal challenges, especially if you impose … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

CDC Receives Funding to Expand Laboratory Harmonization Efforts

The FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, passed by Congress in late March, included a little noticed provision that could ultimately bring significant changes to the laboratory industry—$2 million for … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

FDA Watch: Agency Approves DTC Genetic Breast Cancer Test—But Attaches Strings

On March 6, the FDA announced its first ever approval of a direct-to-consumer breast cancer gene test—23andMe's genetic health risk report for detecting BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations most commonly … [Read more...]


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