The Importance of Tabletop Exercises — and How to Do Them Properly

  |  June 4, 2019

If your biotechnology organization has a thoroughly developed business continuity plan or crisis management plan, you might think you’re well prepared for the unexpected. However, how can you really know your plan will work? While there’s no foolproof way to ensure your research facility or commercial laboratory is 100 percent safe from vulnerabilities and disaster...
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Safe Removal of Mercury-Containing Flooring in School Gyms

  |  May 21, 2019

Products such as thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, and some electrical switches have long been known as potential sources of mercury. In recent years another mercury-containing product – polyurethane flooring – has garnered public attention and concern. Some polyurethane or rubber-like floorings manufactured from 1960 to 1980 contained mercuric acetate. These floors are most often...
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Why Your College or University EH&S Program Needs a Gap Assessment

and   |  April 16, 2019

Colleges and universities face a wide-range of occupational health and safety risks and environmental compliance challenges. With so many institutional operations and changes, it’s all too easy for even the most carefully developed environmental health and safety (EH&S) programs to become out of date and out of compliance, creating potentially dangerous and costly gaps. These...
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Mold and Moisture Control During Construction

  |  March 22, 2019

Water use is an integral component of every construction project, and the focus should be on how to prevent it from impacting porous and finished building materials and affecting systems performance. There are three key phases common to all construction projects during which moisture and mold issues are most likely to occur: Transport and storage...
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8 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Commissioning a New Building

  |  February 27, 2019

The commissioning process is an opportunity for building owners to verify that their newly completed building was designed, constructed and delivered as promised. Most often performed by a third party, commissioning provides quality assurance that building owners are receiving exactly what they paid for. This is especially important because once the building is delivered and...
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Clinical Laboratories: Using BSL-2 Plus When Working with Pathogens Transmitted via Inhalation

  |  February 1, 2019

Clinical laboratories, such as public health or academic labs, commonly conduct procedures involving pathogens that are infectious via inhalation. These pathogens present a significant risk because in addition to getting the individual working with them sick, it can then be quickly transmitted to others. To prevent infection, it is recommended that such work be conducted...
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Why Tier II Compliance is Crucial for Community Safety — And How to Simplify the Filing Process

  |  January 24, 2019

As a facilities manager, you already know the importance of maintaining compliance with EPA regulations. However, with so many regulations to keep track of — and with reporting requirements changing constantly — maintaining compliance across the board can be a bigger challenge than many facilities are prepared to meet. Even worse, you might not even...
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Getting Ready for USP 800: What Your Hospital Pharmacy Needs to Know

  |  January 17, 2019

While regulations for sterile compounding have been around for decades, many hospital pharmacies around the country are now faced with a new compliance challenge: USP 800. USP 800 was initially proposed in 2015 and officially goes into effect on Dec. 1, 2019. Unlike the current standards set by USP 797, which are generally designed to...
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