From: "Yanchisin, Mark" <mark**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UFL.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Why are QC/Qa labs not covered by the Lab Standard?
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:27:37 +0000
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One of the things that an OSHA inspector told me years ago about medical pathology labs, which are very similar to QA/QC labs in what they do (same tests over and over in support of the organization) was that these labs have all of the components of a Chemical Hygiene Plan for their labs. They have set SOPs for their work, a chemical inventory, the required training, etc. 


The inspectors for CAP, College of American Pathologists, which is the accreditation group for all patient care pathology labs, requires SOPS for each test done.  SOPs are expected to have PPE requirements relevant to the biological and chemical hazards included in them.  Once you add the inventory and training you basically have a CHP.   Plus- lab workers doing the testing usually have to have proficiency testing and hold an accreditation. 


QA/QC labs testing staff are a very close parallel to path lab workers.   They have very rigid SOPs, PPE requirements, etc.  These labs are very close to having all the components of a CHP, and in some cases, more. 


Personal opinion here but some of these QA/QC and pathology lab staff have a better grasp of safety than a lot of PhD researchers.  


Mark Yanchisin

Coordinator for Clinical and Laboratory Safety Programs

Environmental Health and Safety

University of Florida

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