ReThinking Laboratory Safety

Volume 4 Issue 5 | June 2009

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Cover Story

Lab Safety Revisited

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This month's cover story invites you to take a walk through your lab and look at everything as though seeing it for the first time, through unbiased eyes. Is there unnecessary clutter? Have your labcoats outlived their usefulness? What is the condition of your lab's extension cords? This simple exercise can help you develop a keener eye towards lab safety.

Sections

Leadership and Staffing

Cross Training

When managers think of optimizing laboratory performance, they might think of buying a new instrument. But that would be overlooking something they already have–human performance optimization in the form of cross training.

Navigating Patent Inventorship Issues

Laboratory managers and team leaders, because of their knowledge of how research on a project unfolds, often play critical roles in deciding inventorship issues. Correct inventorship has to be considered whenever one or more of your staff members submit an invention disclosure to be considered for filing as a patent application.

How to Retain Top Talent

Retention programs are as diverse as the businesses that implement them, but an ideal retention strategy is comprised of three key elements.

Laboratory Technology

Avoiding Power Disturbances

Any number of variables during testing can cause inaccurate results, but most of the variables in the process can be rechecked and verified. As with most lab equipment problems, the most often overlooked is the lab’s utility power source and specifically its voltage regulation.

Certified Pre-Owned

When purchasing used or refurbished equipment from auction sites, equipment brokers and third-party vendors, laboratories aren’t always provided with product certification to guarantee that their equipment will operate according to the manufacturer’s specifications upon arrival.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Modular Lab Design

Fundamental to the process of laboratory facility planning is an understanding of some basic design principles that ensure future adaptability.

Laboratory Technology

Business Management

The Analytical Lab As Strategic Asset

Increased visibility of laboratory operations to management can be unnerving, especially for managers who have previously been more focused on the science than the business of the laboratory. To prepare for increased exposure, managers must develop a strategy and a realistic implementation plan to enable their operations to meet or exceed their organizations' demands.

Engaging Your Service Partner

A strong partnership between a supplier and a lab is necessary in order for the lab to remain competitive. It is important to build that strong foundation early in the relationship, as this creates a critical path free of obstacles.

Regulatory Compliance

Today's competitive market presents a fresh set of challenges to pharmaceutical companies. Good Practice consultants can assist those companies in achieving compliance by providing training on aspects of GMP for production and QC.

Product Focus

Smaller is Better

While the fundamental components of a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system—pumps to deliver solvent, an injector, a column for separating the constituents of a sample, a detector and computing software—have remained the same, there continues to be innovations in their design and capabilities.

How it Works

How Simplifying Pure Water Systems Works

Water purification systems are required for a variety of applications, all of which require different degrees of purity. With a wide range of pure water systems available, it can be difficult to know which one will provide the best results for your lab.

Business Management

How it Works

Induced Grating Technology in Particle Size Analysis

Currently nanoparticles are measured by most particle size analyzers using scattered light; however in some cases this presents many physical restrictions and also requires the input of the refractive index as a measurement condition.

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