Handling Hazardous Chemical Waste

Introduction 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.  If the waste can cause injury or death, or pollute land, water or air, it is deemed to be hazardous.  The EPA regulates hazardous waste at the …

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Histology Safety 102: The Laboratory Standard Part 2

Chemical Waste Streams

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 …

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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 …

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Histology Safety 101 – Formaldehyde

Safety Shower

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 …

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Laboratory Safety Overview

Histology laboratories contain dangers to laboratory personnel in the form of hazardous chemicals, biohazards and physical hazards.  These dangers are minimized by identifying the sources and educating laboratory employees with regard to these sources and the protective equipment and procedures used to minimize and eliminate the dangers. Engineering Controls The first line of safety in …

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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 …

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The 15 Jobs That Are Most Damaging To Your Health

Female patient looking at a nurse in hospital ward

Some jobs intrinsically have more health risks than others. A nurse working in a hospital is far more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office. To rank the most unhealthy jobs in America, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor database full of …

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