Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Fourth Edition

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Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Fourth Edition

Terry Jo Gile, MT (ASCP), MA Ed, Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)

Terry Jo Gile (the Safety Lady) and Dan Scungio have completely updated this trusted lab safety training and compliance resource for 2014.

The Complete Guide to Laboratory Safety, Fourth Edition, consolidates regulations from all relevant agencies, including OSHA, The Joint Commission, CAP, CLSI, DOT, and state health departments.

This proven guide offers customizable policies, procedures, and checklists to develop and update a compliance program and avoid costly fines.

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


What’s New?

  • This edition is updated with all relevant regulations, including the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines for fire safety and the revised International Air Transportation Association (IATA) requirements
  • New case studies are featured in each chapter
  • The book includes the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) recommendations for laboratory design, which Dan Scungio helped develop
  • This edition includes newly developed safe work practices
  • The book includes a new chapter on chemical management that incorporates OSHA’s revised hazardous chemical labeling standard

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

About the Authors:

Terry Jo Gile, MT (ASCP), MA Ed, has 50 years of experience as a certified clinical laboratory scientist and educator. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. For 20 years, she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Mo., and served as the safety officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System.

Gile headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.

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.

Published: July 2014