OSHA celebrated its 40th birthday this year. And to commemorate the milestone, Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels gave some excellent remarks at the Center for American Progress in April.1 The Occupational Safety and Health Act, created
Choosing the Right LC-MS System
In March 2011, Lab Manager Magazine organized a “Product Showcase” webinar focused on the new features and applications of LC-MS systems, which are analytical systems involving liquid chromatography (LC) separation coupled with mass spect
Leadership and Staffing
The Chocolate Fix
Laboratory managers agree that getting scientists to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in the laboratory is a daily struggle. After repeated violations for which the use of threats was ineffective, I decided a more creative approach was in ord
The ‘Re-Generation’ Process
We probably all have things that we say to ourselves when we are trying to push toward something new or different. Some of mine are: “Enough is enough,” “Wake up,” and “Aw, what the heck, do it anyhow.” The last on
How the Younger Manager Gets It Right
No matter how old or young workers may be, certain management principles are usually effective: make them accountable for their work, treat them with respect, and say thank you. These principles have value whether you work at a large corporation or i
Cell Culture Contamination – Part 2
This is the second in a three-part series on cell culture contamination.
As mentioned in the first installment of this three-part article series, biological contamination is a serious issue for every cell culture laboratory. With implications for
ASK THE EXPERT: How to Best Utilize Mass Spectrometry for Diverse Applications
Stephen Barnes, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Director of the Targeted Metabolomics and Proteomics Laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB),
Evolution of Biological Safety Cabinets
Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are one of the few pieces of laboratory equipment designed specifically to provide protection for personnel, the product, and the environment.
Chemical Management Planning for the Laboratory
One of the most common and important things we Safety Guys deal with is the start-up of new laboratories. As construction is completed, new research buildings open and the labs come online, issues inevitably arise. Related changes we have wrestled wi
Safety Tip: Develop Specific Work Practices for Individual Experiments
This simple idea preceded by 15 years the requirements of the OSHA Lab Standard for “Standard Operating Procedures,” “Control Measures” and “Special Provisions for Working with Particularly Hazardous Substances.” T
What's Popular in Biological Safety Cabinets? See the Survey Results
A very specialized research laboratory that deals with infectious agents, organisms or perhaps even laboratory animals, requires the proper degree of protection. Read the results of our biological safety cabinets survey.
Biological Safety Cabinets: Balancing Safety with Environmental Concerns
With most manufacturers providing solid biological safety cabinets (BSCs) with more or less standard features, total cost of ownership has become a hot-button issue with purchasers. “It all began a few years ago with energy efficiency,” s
HPLC Columns: Where the action is
Column particles have trended downward since the dawn of HPLC. The debut of sub-2-micron particles in 2004 was viewed as a game-changer, but was marked by slow initial adoption. Users complained about the effort involved in method transfer and valida
HPLC Systems: Powerful New Features, And a Renaissance for Old Systems
Manufacturers of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems continue to innovate, while simultaneously providing upgrade paths for older instruments.
Modular HPLC systems provide maximum flexibility and upgradability compared with &ldq
What's Popular in HPLC Systems? See the Survey Results
The origins of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) date back to the invention of chromatography in the early 20th century. Read on to find out the results of our HPLC systems survey!
Co2 Incubators: Mainstays of Cell, Tissue Culture, and Microbial Testing
Carbon dioxide (CO2) incubators are mainstays in traditional biology labs engaging in cell or tissue culture. Incubators provide a stable environment designed to mimic a cell’s natural environment: pH of 7.2 to 7.5, temperature of 37°C, and
Reverse Phase Most Popular HPLC Column: See the Survey Results
High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) columns are considered the “heart” of the instrument. Continue on to find out the results of our HPLC columns survey.
“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana,” commented Microsoft’s Bill Gates. So why should laboratory managers worry about keeping intellectual property confidential? Gates’ statement may be true for computers and
To appreciate the significance—or the ubiquity— of commercial tamper protection, one needn’t go any farther than the local grocery store.
Toothpaste, aspirin, multivitamins, and milk are just a few of the items you’re like
Perspective On: A Food & Beverage Lab
The food sector in the United States (US) is experiencing its biggest changes in decades. This year, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, updating regulations first implemented in 1938. The act greatly expands the powers of the Food and
The Institute for Food Safety and Health
The Institute for Food Safety and Health (FSH), formerly the National Center for Food Safety and Technology, which is engaged in a broad range of food-related research, provides an excellent profile of the vital tools and instrumentation required for
New sample handling options add increased capability and scalability
5-position thermostatted cell changer automatically measures samples that are at a controlled temperature
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Thermo: Class II Biological Safety Cabinets: Managing a Facility’s Total Cost of Operation
David Phillips, Technical Applications Specialist - Laminar Flow, Thermo Fisher Scientific Managing groups of biological safety cabinets (BSCs) in a biomedical research,
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LabWare LIMS Solutions: LabWare Enterprise Laboratory Platform
LabWare is recognized worldwide as a leading supplier of laboratory automation solutions. Our Enterprise Laboratory Platform, which combines the functionality of LIMS and Electronic Laboratory Notebook into a single integrated solution, is unique in
Thermo: SampleManager LIMS 10
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Biotage: Optimizing Evaporation Conditions of Reversed-Phase Prep HPLC Fractions
The V-10 Rapid Solvent Evaporator quickly evaporates reversed-phase prep HPLC fractions using a pre-set method. However, when evaporating Acetonitrile-containing fractions, the Acetonitrile (MeCN) will sometimes evaporate too quickly causing an issue
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Screening Samples for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Problem: The environmental safety and food production industries are facing a rapidly changing climate, being increasingly affected by regulatory and financial pressures. Development and expansion of their portfolio of chromatography techniques, to d
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Efficient Drug Discovery Using Optical Label-free Technology
Problem: Pharma and biotech companies are striving to reduce drug attrition rates within the drug discovery process. G-protein coupled receptors, a major target class within drug discovery, have traditionally been assayed in recent years using fluore
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Expanding MS Detection Limits with Capillary Electrophoresis
Problem: Mass spectrometry (MS) has become an indispensible technology for the analysis of compounds of biological interest, is widely available and offers rapid and accurate detection with broad applicability.