How Does OSHA Protect Laboratory Workers from Bloodborne Pathogens?

As part of the bloodborne pathogens, or BBP standard, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requires many workplaces to have policies and controls in place to protect employees from cuts, needlestick injuries and exposure to blood borne pathogens. While OSHA regulations do not apply to every lab environment or work position, these guidelines can form the basis for safe work practices that every lab can follow.

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Biosafety Levels in the Laboratory

In the United States, biosafety levels are defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They outline four biosafety levels, or BSLs, that are ranked from 1 to 4 based on the level of risk. BSL-1 precautions are used for the least hazardous biological agents and practices, while BSL-4 precautions are for the most hazardous.

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Preventing Injuries from Broken Laboratory Glassware

No matter when and where it happens, broken glassware is an inconvenience at best. But when laboratory glassware breaks, it can do a lot of harm. Injuries from broken glassware can range from a small cut to a serious health risk.

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SafetySkills Partners with the University of South Florida and American Safety Council to Offer OSHA-Authorized Training

Beginning in May, clients of SafetySkills’ Learning Management System (LMS) will have the option of choosing to add OSHA-authorized…

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Don’t Flash at Work: Why Adobe Flash is Ending

Adobe Flash, a popular web application, is on the verge of extinction. Major companies, such as Google and Apple, no longer support it, and now SafetySkills is joining them. Don’t worry – we’ll cover what it is, what it means, and what you can expect.

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Control For Safety: Safe Work Practices and Procedures in Laboratories

Complacency. It’s a status we don’t like to admit happens. We’re experts in what we do, surely we know…

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