This article for Using Monkeys to Understand and Cure Parkinsons Disease is linked to a special report by the Hastings Center.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Not following protocol
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The laboratory science world was aghast this week on the news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), [Emphasis is on CONTROL] where researchers were exposed to Anthrax due to procedures not being followed. “Shortcuts may have been taken” and “untrained staff may have…” were phrases that peppered news accounts of the incident. In the coming weeks and months we will hear the extent of their exposure. At this writing the number of researchers exposed was raised from 75 to 84. The CDC has been the global standard to protect (and advise) humankind in regards to health and safety threats. With an annual budget of $11.3B they seem to be well funded to achieve their mission.
However that organization, along with all others, is only as strong as their weakest link. Please pardon the cliché’. It seems in this case the weak link is not following procedures. A few televised news reports placed blame on untrained staff. I would like to assure you that there is also a procedure in place to train staff. So rather than a training issue, it is actually a not following procedure issue. Supervisor did not follow up on the employees? Also a not following procedure issue. I feel confident in saying that a Federal Investigation will ensue and blame will be officially placed.
The take home opportunity for those many of us who work in laboratory settings is to use this unfortunate story to reinforce with our staff the necessities for following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). While many SOP’s do not deal with such acute life and death scenarios they do speak directly to adherence to regulations and good scientific practices.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
“Joe” and the rest of us represent our companies around the clock. When you meet someone outside of work, how quickly does the conversation get to “what do you do”? The internet is littered with notorious stories of people who send controversial tweets, emails and posts. These famous folks make the news so the “Joe’s” of the world need to not re-invent the wheel on how you represent yourself (and your company).