Lab Safety

Understanding OSHA For Lab Safety

Lab safety is a major concern when working in an environment with toxic chemicals and sharps that can cause physical harm. OSHA, better known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enforces safety standards by providing regulations for those working in these types of hazardous conditions. With over 20 years of OSHA Health and Safety experience, Mopec’s Safety Coordinator, Ken Roberts, knows the importance of a secure working environment. We asked him some key questions for pathologists and those working …

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Sharps Safety

Sharps waste is considered to be any device that could possibly cut or pierce the user’s skin, including but not limited to scalpels, needles, razor blades, and even glass objects such as microscope slides containing possible biohazards. One should always use fully disposable scalpel units if possible. Never use scalpel blades without a proper handle that locks the blade into place. If you must use a blade that separates from the handle, use a device like Qlicksmart to fully enclose …

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A Laboratory’s Response to Formalin Spills

Air ventilation is often the first thought when considering formalin safety, but what is the protocol for liquid spills? Even the most steady-handed pathologist can encounter accidental spills. Skin contact with the spill can result in allergic reactions, blistering, and hives among other symptoms. If skin does come in contact, immediately rinse with water and a mild detergent for a minimum of 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical attention right away. It is critical for every facility to have a clearly …

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Risk of Disease Transmission during an Autopsy

Risk of transmission of disease and illness during post-mortem examinations is a serious and ever-growing concern in laboratories across the world. With proper protective wear and clean up measures, autopsy professionals need not to worry. Medical Examiners are to take utmost precaution while performing autopsies on potential infectious cadavers. There are numerous ways in which disease could be spread. Predominantly airborne illnesses, such as Tuberculosis, can be transmitted as an aerosol from bone cutting dust. In addition to using a …

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