OSHA

Do Lab Employees Who Fear COVID-19 Infection Have the Right to Refuse Work?

In normal times, failure to show up for work or refusing to carry out work assignments is a form of insubordination subject to discipline. But in times of pandemic, work refusals by employees due to … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Alternative Safe Practices

My PPE is Back-Ordered: Now What?

By Dan Scungio bio The COVID-19 pandemic is peaking in the United States, and many things are being affected in unprecedented ways. Schools are closing, business travel is banned, gatherings are … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

Doing What We’ve Always Done

By Dan Scungio bio Scenario: The reference cytology lab has always had limited storage space for supplies and specimens. They use tall wire racks to store the many liquid-based cytology specimen … [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

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

Compliance Perspectives: Avoid Privacy Pitfalls in Pandemic Planning & Response

Although not officially a pandemic, the 2018 flu season has been the worst in nearly a decade. So why not use it as an opportunity to review your lab's pandemic preparations—or, if you haven't already … [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...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

How Much Time Does OSHA Have to Cite Labs for Recordkeeping Violations?

GROUND RULE OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations (Section 1904.33) require labs and other employers to retain accurate illness and injury records) for 5 years. OSHA has a 6-month window to issue … [Read more...]

NEWS

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

Quest to Pay $1.15 Million for Self-Disclosed CMP Violations Case: Quest Diagnostics, Inc., New Jersey has agreed to fork over $1.151 million for a trio of Civil Monetary Penalties Law violations … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

OSHA Fines Address Bloodborne Pathogen and Violence Hazards

Case: OSHA fined a Pennsylvania mental health hospital $32,158 for a trio of safety violations, including failing to protect nurses, medical technicians and other employees against workplace violence … [Read more...]


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