Category: Medical/Laboratories

Put Away Your Phone! And Other Laboratory Infection Prevention Advice from the CDC

It’s starting to look predictable: There were outbreaks of salmonellosis associated with microbiology laboratories in 2011, 2014, and 2017. The 2017 outbreak resulted in 24 illnesses and 6 hospitalizations in 16 states, from California to Maine, over a 3-month period. As a result of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has […]


It’s Not Just Turtles: Salmonella, Illegal Pets, and Microbiology Labs

In late August 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it was investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections in 13 states that had sickened 37 people and led to 16 hospitalizations. The culprit? It was just a little thing: small turtles—those with shells less than 4 inches long—sold illegally by street […]


Biological Safety Cabinets Protect Workers Against Biological Hazards

Laboratory workers who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals can protect themselves by isolating those chemicals inside a chemical fume hood. Workers exposed to biological agents must also take steps to isolate themselves from infectious hazards with a slightly different type of protective enclosure: a biological safety cabinet (BSC).


Fume Hoods Protect Workers Against Chemical Hazards

Laboratories are a unique environment when it comes to chemical hazards. Laboratory workers use a broad variety of chemicals, in relatively small quantities, and in combinations and bench-scale procedures that may be unlike anything found in a larger-scale operation. But that doesn’t mean that their chemical exposures are insignificant. In fact, lab workers may be […]


Many Dental Offices Aren’t Keeping Up with Bloodborne Pathogen Rules

An online survey found that more than a quarter of dental practices did not have a written bloodborne pathogens (BBP) control plan as required by OSHA. The survey was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention, a dental industry organization. Findings were published […]

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Implementing a Comprehensive EHS Management System on a Laboratory Scale

Laboratories need EHS management systems, just like any business does. To help them create a comprehensive system that works for a lab, the National Research Council (U.S.) Committee on Prudent Practices in the Laboratory publication has provided guidance in its “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards.”

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Software from NIOSH Tracks Health Worker Incidents

Hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare employers are required to track sharps incidents and blood and body fluid exposures. New software modules from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) make it easier to analyze this essential data and use it to plan and monitor interventions.