Calculating Workplace Tragedy

Volume 8 Issue 5 | June 2013

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Featured Articles


Editor's Buzz

What Cost Safety?

We’ve all done it. Either in a rush, under pressure, or trying to save money, we’ve gambled with our safety. Opting not to wear the bike helmet for a quick ride around town; skipping the sunscreen since it’s really not that sunny; not flossing, despite the dental hygienist’s threats and pleas. While these examples are fairly trivial and affect only oneself, other safety gambles have much more serious consequences.

Business Management

Leadership and Staffing

Resiliency Lessons from the Chilean Mine Triumph

YOU REMEMBER! A worldwide web of viewers watched 33 miners being pulled to the surface following a 600,000-ton cave-in that happened nearly one-half mile below the ground on a barren plain in southern Chile. Besides showcasing the tenacity of rescuers and the miracle of technology, the miners themselves offered dramatic lessons in resiliency that can teach everyone.

A Better Way to Onboard

There is no making up for a first impression, especially when the relationship starts online. After so much time and effort is taken to attract the right person, you want to be sure to put your best foot forward at that first face-to-face meeting.

Ask the Expert

Setting Up a Next-Generation Microbiology Lab

Gary W. Procop, MD, MS, chair of the Department of Molecular Pathology, section head of molecular microbiology, and director of mycology and parasitology at the Cleveland Clinic, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, about the clinic’s $75 million state-of-the-art medical testing laboratory that opened in 2012. The building houses microbiology, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, and immunopathology as well as administrative offices. He talks about the thinking that went into designing the building and its labs and shares some insights on what people need to consider when embarking on such initiatives, however small or large. He emphasizes that both people and laboratories should always be open to change, making way for new advancements in science and technology.

Lab Health and Safety

Blood, Sweat, and Fears (Part II)

The first part of our series on blood-borne pathogens covered the basics, ending by touching on Universal Precautions and minimum personal protective equipment or PPE. Part two picks up where we left off and delves into the OSHA BBP standard a little further by examining the elements of an Exposure Control Plan more closely

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Involve Every Staff Member in Some Aspect of the Safety Program

There’s a tendency to think that if someone is appointed safety coordinator, they have to do all the work for the rest of us. False! A coordinator is just that. He or she is not a “parent.” Each person needs to be responsible for safety in general and for a specific part of the program in particular. Here’s a list of a number of different specific assignments:

Product Focus

Product Focus


Research-Specific Labs

Time to Upgrade?


2013 Microplate Reader Survey Results

Microplate readers are widely used in research, drug discovery, bioassay validation, QC, and manufacturing processes for the detection of biological, chemical, or physical processes in samples contained in microtiter plates.

2013 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Survey Results

One of the oldest and most common forms of absorption-based analysis, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry continues to evolve. Increased mobility, reliability, ease of use, speed, and overall miniaturization will be the major trends in these instruments.

Laboratory Technology

How it Works

How Automating Sample Preparation Works

Problem: While laboratory instruments have become faster and more automated to increase productivity, sample preparation has continued to remain a bottleneck and source of variability for most labs. The complexity and variety of samples that typically pass through labs makes this area one of the most difficult to automate.

How Closing a Lab Works

Problem: A lab closure is usually a race to the finish, but a short, unrealistic timeline combined with lack of operational forethought can have disastrous results. So how do you maximize the value of your assets while minimizing potential risks?

How Downstream Plasma Cleaning Works

Problem: Users in EM facilities with several current generation tools including FE SEM and dual beam FIB/SEM will, despite taking precautions to insert only clean specimens, sometimes get contamination introduced into their microscopes. This manifests itself as a dark rectangle on areas which have been exposed to the incident beam. How can this be prevented? Can it be removed from the previously exposed samples?
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