GUIDELINES

FDA Warns About Biotin Interference With Lab Tests

In late November the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication warning that the supplement biotin (Vitamin B7) may interfere with laboratory testing results. The warning comes … [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...]

LAB SAFETY

Safety lapses continue with select agents

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio The approach of the holiday season signals the end of another year. Was this just another year in a long line of them for you in lab safety, … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Compliance Quiz: Spot the HazCom Mistake

SITUATION Health and safety director Matt Hazard is responsible for keeping the lab compliant with OSHA HazCom rules. He takes inventory of all the hazardous substances the lab uses in the workplace. … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Quiz: Disciplining Employees for Smoking Pot at Work

SITUATION Your lab is located in Colorado, Washington or another state where recreational and medical marijuana use is legal. But you're still shocked to find three of your employees smoking pot at … [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...]

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 TRENDS

FISH Test Crackdown against 21st Century Oncology Nets Nearly $25 Million… and Counting

$24.86 million. That's how much a whistleblower has made for the government and herself—so far—in a case against 21st Century Oncology for alleged fraudulent billing of fluorescence in situ … [Read more...]

NEWS

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

BLS Bribery Scheme Claims another Physician. Case: A New York internist became the third physician indicted in the Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS) bribery scheme. The Justice Department claims … [Read more...]


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