Course highlights- Section 4

  • HANDLING SPECIMENS: All specimens, including those brought in by clients, must be handled and /or transported using the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and be placed in a sealed leak-proof container/plastic bag with absorbent pouch (Dri Mop) that is closed prior to storage or transportation.
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIAL & WASTE: The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) states, that waste storage areas be regularly (monthly); inspected visually for signs of leakage, corrosion or any other forms of deterioration by the Safety Officer. All containers of hazardous material must be clearly identified and labeled as toxic, harmful, irritant, flammable or oxidizing with the proper chemical name(s) of the substance(s). 
  • IMMUNIZATIONS/VACCINES:
    • Only SHS personnel and contractors with current Immunization Provider Certification from FNIH can administer immunizations except in extenuating circumstances (i.e. mass immunization clinics, flu season, outbreaks, etc.) .
    • DO NOT ASPIRATE when injecting vaccines.
    • Advise the client to wait 15 minutes prior to leaving the clinic, so that in the rare event of an anaphylactic reaction, you will be able to provide emergency intervention. 
    • Limit supplies of vaccine on hand to no more than a 1 to 2 months.