Physician Practice

Lab safety leadership

Medical Environment Update, December 14, 2019

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Editor’s Note: In this guest column, Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a multihospital system in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man,” discusses the important issues that affect your job every day.

The number of medical laboratory scientists is dwindling. Baby Boomers are retiring, depleting a workforce that already had more laboratory job openings than people to fill them. That means more opportunities in the lab world. In some cases, leadership roles are being obtained by less experienced people than in years past. Whether or not one has a long lab history, one aspect of any new leadership position that will be important to grasp is management of the lab safety program.

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