Safety Tutorial For a Lab Technician Deborah Rispoli, Coordinator Fox Lane Internship Program
Training Tasks for a Lab Technician • Operating Microscopes • Analyzing Blood and Tissue Samples • Delivering confidential documents to various hospital stations • “Coloring” organ samples • Preparing reports
True or False Pre-Test • There are safety issues should you be aware of before starting an internship in a hospital laboratory. • Knowing where the fire extinguishers and exits are is the responsibility of only your mentor. • There will not be chemicals in the lab that are hazardous to you health. • Since you are in a lab coat, dress does not matter. • Your mentor can assign you any task that he/she sees fit.
Appropriate Clothing • Lab coats are required at all times • Sturdy shoes • Neat, non revealing clothing
Safety Equipment • Latex Gloves • Protective Glasses • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
Floors, Doors, and Exits • Know the hospital floor plan • Your mentor should explain fire exit procedures • Your responsibility to know where you are in the hospital at all times
Chemical Hazards • The chemicals in the lab are not dangerous unless ingested. • Be sure to wear you gloves and goggles when analyzing specimens. • Read all warning labels carefully.
Report All Injuries • If you are injured in any way, be sure to tell your: • mentor • coordinator • parents/guardian • Be sure to fill out necessary paperwork promptly and correctly.
Post Test • What are some duties of a lab technician? • What is the dress code for a hospital lab? • What type of safety equipment should be used? • What should you know about emergency situations? • Are there any chemical hazards-if yes what are they? • What should you do in the event you are injured?
Safety Training Websites • www.youth2work.gov • www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers/index.html • www.nycosh.org • www.cdc.gov/niosh/adolepg.html • www.safeteen.com • www.youngworker.ca/english/quiz.html
Good Luck Enjoy your experience as a Lab Technician!