This policy is to outline safe practice expectations of Medical Laboratory Technologists in Nova Scotia.
Medical laboratory technologists practice according to established protocols, safety guidelines, relevant current federal, provincial and municipal legislation, institutional policies and procedures, and environmental considerations.
Medical laboratory technologists in Nova Scotia shall:
- Apply current health and safety measures at all times to ensure the safety and protection of patients, colleagues, self and the environment.
- Review and update health and safety procedures regularly as per institutional guidelines.
- Demonstrate compliance and competence in established workplace safety practices.
- Safely handle laboratory specimens and reagents using appropriate personal protective equipment, engineering controls and administrative safety controls.
- Adhere to Routine Practice and Additional Precautions1, which combine the basic requirements of Universal Precautions and those of body substance isolation procedures.
- Apply current and emerging infection control practices and occupational health standards.
- Safely store, handle and dispose of biological, chemical, toxic and radioactive material.
- Understand and apply current regulations for the handling, storage and safe shipment of all biological and other potentially hazardous material2.
- Provide leadership to other members of the health care team pertaining to relevant specimen pre analysis, analysis, and post analysis safety issues.
- Comply with all established emergency preparedness plans when required.
- Promote the reduction and elimination of environmental hazards where possible.
- Comply with the current Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines2 In regard to laboratory certification “(the successful completion of commissioning and verification that the facility and operational protocols meet the requirements outlined in the current edition of the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines2)” and laboratory recertification “(verification that the facility continues to comply with the current edition of the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines2).”
- Apply appropriate decontamination procedures of the laboratory equipment being sent for repair as per the current Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines1.
- Apply appropriate decontamination procedures of laboratory spills and accidents, space and surfaces, blood and other body fluids and biological safety cabinets as per the current Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines2.
1- Shematek,G., & Wood W.( 2012). Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines seventh edition. CSMLS. ISBN 978-0-921479-30-7
2- Ministry of Health Population and Public Health Branch, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response (2004).Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines 3rd Edition 2004. Retrieved from http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/H39-4-49-2004E.pdf
Date Approved: June 2013
Reviewed Date: June 2016