Lab Safety

Asking the wrong safety questions

By Dan Scungio Many years ago, I was hired to perform a safety audit for a laboratory. As I walked through one department, an employee asked what I was doing. When I remarked that I was finding … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

As Boomers retire from labs, new safety leaders need to step up

By Dan Scungio The number of medical laboratory scientists (now clinical lab scientists) is dwindling. Baby Boomers have begun to retire, and even before that, there were more job openings than … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

Super villain origin stories in the lab

In the latest Marvel superhero movie, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a new villain is introduced to fans not familiar with the comic books. Older readers know, however, that Shang-Chi’s … [Read more...]

WORKPLACE SAFETY

Is it worth the risk assessment?

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

Labs in Court

Texas Provider Pays $214K for Violating Federal COVID-19 Workplace Protocols

Case: In what appears to be a first, the Texas parent of an Iowa nursing home has agreed to repay $214,200 in federal monies for not following COVID-19 safety protocols during an outbreak at the … [Read more...]

Lab Safety

From ant men to giant men

By Dan Scungio bio In January of 1962, Tales to Astonish #27, a comic book, featured a scientist who had created a special chemical. This chemical, when put in contact with an object, would shrink … [Read more...]

Tool

Telecommuter Home Office Hazard Assessment & Inspection Checklist

While not an OSHA obligation, it’s highly advisable to take measures to protect the health and safety of telecommuting lab employees who work from home. How? By having employees seeking approval to … [Read more...]

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...]


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