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Smart summer laboratory safety strategies

Medical Environment Update, June 24, 2021

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by Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)

Evelyn was uncomfortably warm during her shift setting up cultures in the biological safety cabinet (BSC). She set up a fan to blow cool air at her back while she worked. When the plate reading staff came in the next day, they noticed that every agar plate was contaminated with mold. None of the patients’ cultures were readable.

Andy didn’t like the heavy lab coats his laboratory used. Whenever he worked alone on night shift, he would take his coat off. One night as he was making up a chemistry reagent using ascetic acid, he felt the skin on his arm burning. He’d accidentally spilled some of the acid while he was pouring.

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