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Discarding Inoperable Instrumentation

Operational- When discarding lab instrumentation that becomes inoperable you must take into account local disposal requirements for biohazard materials. The analyzer must be decontaminated per the manufacturers guidelines and any sharp objects or parts removed. Once this step has been completed, contact your local biohazard waste disposal facility to see if the instrument can be placed in a dumpster or if there are other disposal requirements.


Reporting PT Results on Back-up Analyzers

Regulatory-If you have two non-waived analyzers that perform the same testing, you must perform proficiency testing on both analyzers. COLA requires their labs to report the proficiency testing results on the main instrument to the PT provider. You must perform a self evaluation using the same PT samples on the back up instrument. It is important to note that the PT samples must not be tested on the back up analyzer until after you have submitted the first instruments results to your PT provider.

Reporting Laboratory Injuries to OSHA

Operational-OSHA requires employers to track certain work place injuries such as splashes or needle sticks on OSHA 300 series logs. Currently these logs are kept on site and not sent to OSHA unless requested. Beginning January 2017, OSHA will require electronic submission of these forms annually. Employers with greater than 250 employees will submit form 300, 300A and 301. Employers with less staff will only need to submit form 300A. The injury data could be posted to the OSHA website.