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- The Clinical Lab's Environmental Footprint
- An Introduction to the Current Climate Crisis
- The Clinical Laboratory's Environmental Impact
- Assessing the Lab's Role and Creating Awareness
- Other Factors to Consider
- Establishing an Environmental Policy or Environmental Management System
- Greenhouse gas emissions include all of the following, except:
- True or False: Typically, clinical labs are relatively low greenhouse gas emitters as compared to other commercial enterprises.
- Which of the following is not typically included in an assessment of the lab's environmental impact?
- Action Plan: Energy Usage
- Action Plan: Purchasing Eco-friendly Equipment, Supplies and Reagents
- Purchasing Environmentally Sustainable Equipment
- Purchasing Supplies
- Purchasing Reagents
- Which of the following is not an important consideration when planning to buy environmentally sustainable instruments or equipment?
- True or False: Reusing supplies is more environmentally friendly than recycling.
- Action Plan: Saving on Water and Dealing with Waste
- Introduction to Waste Management: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Biohazardous Waste: Types of Biohazardous Waste
- Biohazardous Waste: Reducing the Quantity of Waste in Biohazardous Containers
- Chemical Waste
- Regular Waste: Reduce
- Regular Waste: Reuse
- Regular Waste: Recycle
- The most environmentally friendly way to deal with lab supplies and reagents is to:
- Which of the following is a good way to dispose of plastic pipette tips that have been used on non-biohazardous substances?
- Which of the following information is not usually listed on Safety Data Sheets (SDS)?
- Organizations that Can Help with Making Environmental Sustainability Plans
- My Green Lab
- ACT. Database
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Hospital Energy Alliance
- International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)
- The North American Freezer Challenge
- The Costs of Implementing Environmental Plans
- The ACT label provides:
- The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 aims to help:
- True or False: The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) mandates environmental standards for clinical labs.
Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate
Intended Audience: Laboratory Managers, Laboratory Supervisors, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Hospital Managers, and other healthcare personnel who make decisions about lab purchasing, waste disposal, lab design, etc.
Author Information: Margaret Reinhart, MS, MLS(ASCP), is a Senior Lecturer emeritum of Biological Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia PA (now known as Saint Joseph's University) where she taught hematology, clinical immunology, parasitology, and other related courses, as well as directed the MLS program for over 30 years. She also taught courses in Global Environmental Sustainability and Animal Studies. She is currently an adjunct instructor in hematology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA. She holds a Master's Degree in Biology and a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration.
Reviewer Information: Dr. Julie Ann West is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and as a Specialist in Microbiology (SM). In addition, Dr. West has earned a Ph.D. in Public Health - Infectious Disease Epidemiology - and is Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Dr. West is experienced as a Technical Specialist, Safety Officer, Educator, and Lead in the Veterans Administration Healthcare System, and has prior experience as an Administrative Laboratory Director.
Course Description: This course provides information about the environmental impact of clinical laboratories and how to decrease the lab's environmental footprint. Anyone concerned about the environment and climate change probably realizes that the clinical lab is a big consumer of resources and a producer of large amounts of waste. This course provides information on how to evaluate the environmental impact of your lab and how to make an environmental management plan. Applying the concepts of "reduce, reuse, and recycle" will suggest different ways to reduce your lab's resource consumption and waste production.