In order to maintain a productive and safe medical lab, laboratory personnel should consider the health, physical, and environmental hazards that their lab presents to their employees. The potential threat level can differ from lab to lab depending on what day-to-day business entails. HIPPA and OSHA regulations are strict across all labs, whether they deal with chemicals, diagnosing services, or storing records. To keep your lab’s records, samples/specimens/etc, and employees safe, keep the following in mind.
Create A Culture Of Safety
Awareness is key to create a culture of safety. Lab techs can be exposed to several potential hazards, such as chemical, biological, physical, radioactive hazards, and even musculoskeletal stresses. If they are not aware of these potentials, they are more vulnerable to accidents by not taking the necessary safety precautions.
Ingrain safety practices into every aspect of your medical lab’s daily activities and processes. The ability to accurately identify and assess potential hazards must be taught and encouraged through ongoing training, which should be at the core of every safety program.
Align your safety plan with positive workplace attitudes and see how they feed into each other. When everyone, from the CEO to the newest hire, is actively and happily involved in the day-to-day safety procedures, it will organically become a part of your workplace culture. When your employees feel safe and can trust their coworkers, then productivity and engagement levels increase.
Sonitrol: Solutions For Medical Lab Security
We help you maintain compliance with our full line and completely integrated business security system.
- Manage who has access to your lab with our Managed Access Control. This system allows you to track movement throughout your facility and to restrict access by location and/or time of day.
- Our Audio Detection solution offers 100% coverage: floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall, through using state-of-the-art audio technology and human intelligence to verify a threatening event before we call the police.
- Combine that with our Business Security Camera System to be able to see any threats with cloud-based and Internet-based access, so you can watch anytime, anywhere.
- Lastly, protect your equipment, inventory, employees, and everything else from a fire with our Fire Alarm System. Sonitrol Central Station operators can monitor signals from your facility 24 hours a day. They can monitor smoke and heat detectors, sprinkler systems, and pull stations.
Now that you know about our services, take the first step by reading 4 Reasons you need a business security assessment and registering for our free security assessment. We also offer other resources to keep your lab safe. Check out our Building Security Guide for Property Managers and download our Emergency Preparedness Plan.