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Safety / Health

Handling Hazardous Chemical Waste

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines waste as any solid, liquid or contained gas that is no longer used and is designated for disposal or recycling.

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Histology Safety 102: The Laboratory Standard Part 2

The histology laboratory is a dangerous place to work for employees. Sharp knives, slick floors, hazardous chemicals and bloodborne pathogens are just the main sources of potential accidents. A way to keep histology laboratory employees safe is to provide information on dangers, explain the ways in which employees can protect themselves, and provide annual training to reinforce this information. This is not just a good plan. In most instances, this plan is backed by laws and regulations. The previous two blogs set the regulatory background for this safety discussion. This blog will go into the specific, day to day actions that can be implemented to help ensure histology employee safety.

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Histology Safety 102: The Laboratory Standard Part 1

The histology laboratory is a dangerous place to work for employees. Sharp knives, slick floors, hazardous chemicals and bloodborne pathogens are just the main sources of potential accidents. A way to keep histology laboratory employees safe is to provide information on dangers, explain the ways in which employees can protect themselves, and provide annual training to reinforce this information. This is not just a good plan. In most instances, this plan is backed by laws and regulations. This current series of blogs will delve into the various regulations, and how laboratories need to be in compliance in order to keep employees safe.

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Histology Safety 101 – Formaldehyde

The histology laboratory is a dangerous place to work for employees. Sharp knives, slick floors, hazardous chemicals and bloodborne pathogens are just the main sources of potential accidents. A way to keep histology laboratory employees safe is to provide information on dangers, explain the ways in which employees can protect themselves, and provide annual training to reinforce this information. This is not just a good plan. In most instances, this plan is backed by laws and regulations. This current series of blogs will delve into the various regulations, and how laboratories need to be in compliance in order to keep employees safe.

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Laboratory Safety Overview

Histology laboratories contain dangers to laboratory personnel in the form of hazardous chemicals, biohazards and physical hazards. 

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Proper receipt and handling of histology specimens

If you have worked in the histology field for some time, as I have, you may have noticed that the specimens you receive in your laboratory are getting smaller. This is not due to our failing eyesight. Instead, the advances in immunohistochemistry (IHC) and molecular techniques now enable the pathologist to make diagnoses on smaller and smaller fragments of tissue obtained during biopsy procedures.

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