“Oh crap.” Dr. Ming looked down at his gloved hand. He saw a small slice in his left glove. He looked closer and saw a trickle of blood. He looked even closer and saw a small cut. Dr. Ming was a seasoned scientist working at a medical device company. He was conducting research involving human fecal occult blood. On this day, he was working in the tissue culture room.
Formaldehyde is very commonly used in research labs in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries often to fix tissues and cells. It’s typically used as an aqueous solution known as formalin, which contains 37% formaldehyde.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual event sponsored by the CDC to highlight the importance of immunizations. Although there has been a lot of focus on COVID-19 vaccinations this year, it’s important to also stay current with other vaccination programs applicable to your organization.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) has specific requirements for the collection and management of universal waste. These requirements can be found in 310 CMR 30.1000, the Standards for Universal Waste Management.
The fifth annual OSHA Safe + Sound Week is being held from August 9-15, 2021. This is the perfect time to start planning! This national event is intended to promote the value of workplace health and safety programs.
The warm summer months can be an even more challenging time than normal for enforcing rules related to appropriate lab attire. This is a great time to review your company’s personal protective equipment (PPE) policy and see if it adequately addresses personal lab attire.