EH&S Promotes and Recognizes Safe Tissue Culture Practices by Vichelle Filoteo, Biological Safety Casual Staff
After visiting over 450 tissue culture work locations on the CUMC and Morningside campuses, the team noted that the laboratory of Dr. Peter D. Canoll exhibited exemplary safe tissue culture practices. The Canoll laboratory has two safety champions: Postdoctoral Researcher Jennifer Sims and Technician Jorge Samanamud, who manage a shared tissue culture room. They acknowledge the hazards of working with potentially infectious materials, such as pseudotyped viral vectors and human tissue, and they communicate the risks and associated controls to other staff, accordingly. Jennifer stated, “We have a level of safety consciousness that has to be cultivated by the whole laboratory in order to be passed down through training.”
When asked why their laboratory is outstanding when it comes to biosafety and tissue culture practices, Dr. Canoll (pictured with biological safety intern Vichelle Filoteo) responded, “It is mainly due to our laboratory members and our relationship with EH&S that has been instrumental to our success. Also, when we have inexperienced research students and technicians come through our laboratory, we place a high importance on safety and training to keep them and us safe.”
EH&S would like to thank Dr. Canoll, the Canoll Laboratory staff, and all who engaged with Biosafety personnel during the outreach program. Please keep up the great work, and as always, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
An unannounced recent hazardous waste inspection at the Morningside campus by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), serves as another reminder of the importance of being inspection ready at all times. The For laboratories and other operations where chemical waste is generated, this means constant vigilance in adhering to the Columbia University 5 Ls of Hazardous Waste Management (http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/5Ls.pdf). The 5Ls is a mnemonic device developed by EH&S to simply the complex regulations for the proper collection, storage and management of hazardous waste. The 5 Ls stand for: CoLLect, Label, Lid, Locate, and Leaks.
For more information, visit http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/HazardousWaste.html or contact a Hazardous Materials Specialist at email@example.com.
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