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Three unwritten safety rules every healthcare employee should follow

Medical Environment Update, June 6, 2021

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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.

Many years ago, a woman purchased a cup of coffee in a restaurant drive-thru. Not having a cup holder in her car, she placed the cup between her legs to hold the coffee while she reached for money to pay for it. She burned her legs, sued the restaurant, and actually won her court case. Now such restaurants are required to warn customers with signs stating the obvious: “Coffee served hot.” Many people were aware of the potential danger of placing a hot cup near their skin before this regulation came to be. But has the posting of signs made customers safer?

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