Tune up your clinic security and safety for spring
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April 1, 2019
As April gets into full swing, spring is on everyone’s minds. In some of the southern climes, some of you will be feeling the first effects of the warm season and (rightfully so) will want to enjoy it. In the clinic and the laboratory, however, it’s still important to remember that safety is paramount. Unless you take a good inventory of the safety issues around your facility, the medical clinic or laboratory can actually be a pretty dangerous place when the weather warms up. Here are the things safety experts say you should keep in mind to ensure your facility is safe this spring.
Keep your employees cool—and your chemicals. As the temperature outside rises, it’s important to make sure the temperature inside stays constant, both for personal comfort and for safety.
“You need to make it comfortable for your staff so they will wear PPE,” says Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a multihospital system in Virginia, and otherwise known as “Dan, the Lab Safety Man.” If you don’t already have a stash in storage, now is the time to buy lightweight lab coats for your staff that are made with materials designed to be cooler, but with the same protective and spill-proof qualities.