Managing Crisis

Volume 5 Issue 10 | December 2010

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Cover Story

Managing Crisis

By John K. Borchardt

Taking a look at the recent Gulf of Mexico oil well blowoutthe greatest industrial accident in historylab managers can find useful examples of similar decision-making failures that can occur in laboratory environments.


Laboratory Technology

Trends in Laboratory Informatics

Reporting from two recent laboratory informatics conferences, Gloria Metrick shares her insights into choosing the best informatics product to suit a particular labs needs and how some issues are evolving.

Leadership and Staffing

Shaky Ground

When a company decides to make a change, even when things are going well, employees get nervous. Acknowledging their concerns helps reinforce the feeling that youre all in this together, critical in reassuring people that you really do have their interests at heart.

Lab Manager Academy: Words Matter

Communication is the tool by which leaders, managers, and supervisors can create a work environment in which individuals feel valued, connected and actively engaged.

Laboratory Technology

Gas on Demand

In-house generation of TOC-grade gas readily provides the required volume of sufficiently pure gas for superb sensitivity with a TOC analyzer. The gas is available on demand and is present at a lower pressure than the gas from a cylinder, increasing laboratory safety.

Best Practices Made Better

Proper selection and use of viscosity instrumentation can bring valuable time savings to test programs in todays busy labs. Increased data throughput, coupled with detailed analysis, is a new horizon that has potential to offer enhanced quality control.

The Dos and Don'ts of Cell Culture

A few of the essential dos and donts of cell culture are mandatory; e.g. use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Many of them are common sense and apply to all laboratory areas. However some of them are specific to tissue culture.

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Choosing the Right LIMS for Your Lab

Manfred Goebl, Ph.D., talks to Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., about the due diligence that needs to be done before putting in place a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that is both user-friendly and effective.

Product Focus

Product Focus

Product Focus: pH Meters

Over the years lab workers have come to expect more from instrumentation, and pH meters are no exception.

Product Focus: Viscometers

Useful viscometer / rheometer features that buyers should be aware of are temperature control, spindle rotational speed control, a range of sample holders, and ease of use.

Lab Product

Lab Health and Safety

Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

Biological safety levels are ranked from one to four and are selected based on the agents or organisms on which the research or work is being conducted. Each level up builds on the previous level, adding constraints and barriers.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Contract Lab

Aptuit Inc., an international contract research organization whose facilities span North America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific, delivers client support from preclinical studies to commercial drug product launches.

Business Management

Calculating Costs

A LIMS is an important investment that assists in evaluating the efficiency of the lab's operations and reducing costs. In order to understand how low-level services relate to higher-level offerings, one needs to analyze usage patterns and establish metrics that drive costs in an analytical laboratory.

Laboratory Technology

How it Works

How Fume Hood Fire Protection Works

Firetrace International manufactures a fast-acting and reliable automatic fire detection and suppression system designed to protect against laboratory fume hood fires.

How Gas Chromatography Analyzers Work

Rather than simply purchasing a gas chromatograph, lab managers can choose from over 200 analyzers or pre-configured gas chromatographs designed to comply with specific ASTM, UOP, EN or GPA standard methods.

How Elemental Impurity Analysis Works

The Thermo Scientific iCAP 6000 Series ICP-OES and Thermo Scientific iTEVA Software are ideal for the analysis of trace elements in pharmaceutical products.

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