The Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Fifth Edition

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The Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Fifth Edition

Dan “The Lab Safety Man” Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ) has completely revamped this trusted lab safety training and compliance resource.

The Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Fifth Edition, consolidates regulations from all relevant agencies, including OSHA, The Joint Commission, CAP, CLSI, DOT, and state health departments. This book also offers customizable policies, procedures, and checklists to avoid costly fines and enhance your compliance program.

The newest edition of this proven guide includes a brand-new chapter on laboratory safety culture, plus new content on:

  • The hierarchy of controls
  • The four biosafety lab levels and lab coats 
  • Reporting lab injuries 
  • Lab coat cleaning, comfort, and materials 
  • Bloodborne pathogen training
  • Hazardous waste management
  • The generator improvement rule 
  • The EPA hazardous waste pharmaceutical rule
  • And more!

The Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety will help you:

  • Create and update your policies and procedures with fully customizable templates
  • Build a culture of safety with checklists and tools related to topics including waste management, specimen transportation, chemical hygiene, and ergonomics in the lab setting
  • Keep up to date with regulations from OSHA, The Joint Commission, CAP, CLSI, DOT, and state regulators
  • Employ best practices to avoid worker injury and costly citations


Published: November 2019

Pages: 400
Format: 8.5 x 11 Perfect
ISBN: 978-1-64535-006-4

About the Authors

Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ), has more than 20 years of experience as a certified medical laboratory scientist, more than 10 of which were spent in the management of clinical labs, anatomical pathology labs, and collection sites. For the last seven years, he has served as the laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a multihospital system in Virginia and North Carolina. As a member of the laboratory quality team, Scungio oversees the safety program for more than 10 laboratories and multiple collection sites.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Law and Science of Laboratory Safety

Chapter 2: Managing Laboratory Safety

Chapter 3: Safe Work Practices

Chapter 4: Personal Protective Equipment

Chapter 5: Safety in Laboratory Design

Chapter 6: Ergonomics

Chapter 7: Hazard Communication

Chapter 8: Chemical Hygiene

Chapter 9: Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Disease

Chapter 10: Radiation Safety

Chapter 11: Fire Safety

Chapter 12: Electrical Safety

Chapter 13: Safe Use of Compressed Gases

Chapter 14: Special Safety Requirements for Anatomic Pathology Laboratories

Chapter 15: Safe Transport of Specimens

Chapter 16: Waste Management

Chapter 17: Training

Appendix 1: Model Laboratory Safety Manual

Appendix 2: Checklist for Annual Safety Audit

Appendix 3: Glossary