I Just Don’t Give a Gram!

Gosh, Gram it! Why is it that every time I take a class or read an article that involves bacteria, there is an insistence on explaining whether it is gram-negative or gram-positive? Who cares? After all, you culture bacteria, perform an antibiotic sensitivity test, then prescribe the correct antibiotic. Done and done. No gram-nonsense involved Continue Reading

Hierarchy of Control

Protecting workers from occupational hazards is a complex process.  Workplace injuries cost industry billions of dollars every year in lost production and medical expenses.  To help combat this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed the Hierarchy of Control to provide a framework for implementing control measures.  We will cover each control method, starting Continue Reading

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often overlooked in day-to-day activities.  But, in some cases, your life could literally depend on your PPE.  It could be as simple as wearing exam gloves when handling possibly contaminated material, up to a positive air pressure suit used in a Biosafety Level 4 lab.  We will help you sort Continue Reading

Biosafety Level Labs

What is a BSL?  Sounds kind of scary, but they are very important in research and diagnosing disease.  BSL stands for Biosafety Lab.  There are four levels of BSLs.  Each handles increasing levels of infectious material, and therefore require higher measures of protection for lab workers. If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free Continue Reading