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Laboratory safety articles for CSMLS members:

Automation and Safety in the Laboratory

Advances in laboratory automation in today’s organizations affect medical laboratory professionals (MLPs). Demands to increase patient safety and handle higher numbers of samples...

Speaking Up for Safety

Speaking up for safety is increasingly accepted as necessary in health care settings where patient safety is a priority for health care professionals such as nurses and doctors...

Responding Safely to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Keeping ourselves safe enables us to fulfill the requests of others. And there has never been a more pressing time for medical laboratory professionals (MLPs) to be healthy, competent...

To Mask or Not to Mask: PPE in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond

It is hard to believe that a few months ago, very few people outside of health care knew what personal protective equipment (PPE) was...

Climate Change and Rising Risks

Climate change influences so many parts of our lives and, indeed, our futures. It’s also true that climate change has influenced infectious diseases – and that means...

Fatigue in the Lab During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Isn’t everybody tired these days? It may feel this way since 2020 has brought much stress, anxiety and uncertainty with it...

News from PHAC

Biosafety directives

Biosafety directives provide regulated parties with the customized containment requirements for activities with a specific pathogen or group of pathogens when the containment level does not align with the risk group.

Biosafety advisories

Biosafety advisories are developed when the data obtained from a risk assessment of a new or emerging pathogen of interest indicates that new physical or operational requirements are required to work with the pathogen safely. The new operational and physical requirements need to be disseminated to interested parties as soon as possible.

Safety Learning from CSMLS

Here are some of the latest podcasts offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS):

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CSMLS Lab Safety Guidelines

The 8th edition of the Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines are now available and ready to order.

Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS) Second Edition

The Government of Canada's Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), 2nd Edition, 2015, is a harmonized national standard for the handling or storing of human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins in Canada.

Canadian Biosafety Handbook, Second Edition

The Government of Canada's Canadian Biosafety Handbook (CBH), 2nd Edition, 2016, is a national guidance document for the safe handling and storing of human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins in Canada.

Transitioning to WHMIS 2015: A Safety Perspective

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