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... Read More

Five Steps to an Effective Hospital Safety Committee

  |  January 10, 2019

Whether chairing your hospital’s safety committee or participating as a member, many of us struggle to energize our committees and to keep momentum. The value your safety committee holds for the organization depends upon many factors, but there are some common themes to effective safety committees. An active and effective safety committee is an integral... Read More

Managing Asbestos Contaminated Soil During Construction in Massachusetts: Tips for Hiring the Right Consultant

  |  December 10, 2018

Recent Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulatory changes have significant impacts on construction sites where asbestos contaminated soil is present. Many sites, particularly those with a history of industrial, commercial or dumping activities, have soil that contains asbestos, often at “trace” (less than 1 percent) amounts. If asbestos in soil has been identified at... Read More

Emerging Biotechs: 6 Tips for Designing a Safe Laboratory

  |  November 15, 2018

The goal of any early stage biotech company is continual growth and success. However, as positive as company growth is, unless you initially leased an enormous laboratory, you may find that success means growing out of your existing space and designing a new one. In the biotechnology entrepreneurship world, growing and moving on is far... Read More

Safely Moving Out of Your Lab Space

  |  October 30, 2018

Moving a biotech laboratory to a new space isn’t as simple as renting a U-Haul and packing up boxes. You’ll have specific responsibilities and obligations that need to be followed to ensure you leave behind a clean, safe space for the next tenant. First thing’s first: determine your decommissioning obligation. Hopefully these details were worked... Read More

The Dangers of Improper Pressurization and Ventilation

  |  October 2, 2018

Healthcare-acquired infections aren’t just dangerous to patients — they can also be very costly for the facilities in question. Since procedures and processes that are high risk for infection are performed in places like operating rooms and central processing, ensuring proper pressurization and ventilation to avoid infection is a matter of life and death. The... Read More

BSL-2 Plus:
When and How to Implement It

  |  September 14, 2018

Biosafety Level 2 Plus (BSL-2+) is the common term for laboratories where work with microorganisms is conducted in a BSL-2 laboratory with biosafety practices and procedures that are typically found at BSL-3. The need for this hybrid approach is on the rise in recent years due to increased research with viral vectors, arboviruses, and other... Read More

Sterile Drug Compounding Contamination: What Facility Managers Need to Know and How to Maintain Compliance

  |  July 30, 2018

The most widely publicized sterile drug compound contamination outbreak was traced back to the New England Compounding Center in 2012. This outbreak led to more than 800 cases and 64 deaths. The direct cause of these infections was fungal contamination of methylprednisolone that led to the development of fungal meningitis. Perhaps the most shocking detail... Read More