Physician Practice

The two foundational facts of lab safety

Medical Environment Update, August 13, 2020

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

Things have changed drastically over the past several months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We’ve had to make many adjustments to how we work and live, and it has become difficult to separate fact from fiction.

Should masks and goggles be worn at work? What type? Can fellow employees eat together on breaks? Information about the pandemic is abundant on news outlets and social media. Not all of it is correct; there are many coronavirus myths and misconceptions that are promoted through several forms of media. However, many people treat these misconceptions as gospel—a dangerous practice for those working in the laboratory.

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