Review of Draft Standard: AS 2828.2 Health records, Part 2: Digitized health records

One way I keep myself up to date with developments within laboratories and related areas is by reviewing draft standards.  This keeps me appraised of the current state of affairs, keeps my documentation audit skills fresh and potentially allows me to contribute to the content of standards.  For this draft standard, I have some knowledge of IT and IT security so am able to critically review the draft standard and offer comment.

Notes: refer to the conditions for comment stated towards the beginning of the draft standard.

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Review of Draft Standard: AS 2243.2 Safety In Laboratories – Part 2: Chemical Aspects

One way I keep myself up to date with developments within laboratories and related areas is by reviewing draft standards.  This keeps me appraised of the current state of affairs, keeps my documentation audit skills fresh and potentially allows me to contribute to the content of standards.

Notes: refer to the conditions for comment stated towards the beginning of the draft standard.

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Review of Draft Standard: AS 2243.1 Safety In Laboratories – Planning and Operational Aspects

One way I keep myself up to date with developments within laboratories and related areas is by reviewing draft standards.  This keeps me appraised of the current state of affairs, keeps my documentation audit skills fresh and potentially allows me to contribute to the content of standards.

Here I step through the draft standard making comments.  Where a comment is answered later in the standard, I go back to my original comment and make notes.  An uncommented comment is potentially worthy of becoming an official comment on the standard.

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Life in the Lab – Microbiology Team Leader

Part of my Life in the Lab Series.

Here I summarise what each of my scientific roles have entailed.

As a Microbiology Team Leader (non sterile laboratory), what does the day entail?

08:30 hrs – Start shift

  • Check how everyone is going today
  • Determine what needs to be done in next two months and delegate
  • Spot check equipment calibration labels
  • Conduct sampling of Purified Water system if short staffed
  • Followup with other departments regarding on going projects
  • Update documentation or delegate and meet with subject matter experts
  • Check and signoff on environmental monitoring data (worksheets) or delegate
  • Ensure any followup sampling has been completed, if not find out why and reschedule
  • Interview prospective staff

10:30hrs – 15 minute break

  • Check how everyone is going
  • Validation and introduction of equipment such as dust containment hoods and flammable liquid containers
  • After developing, deliver special training to production, eg Microbiology for non-microbiologists
  • Conduct antibiotic potency testing if short staffed (also method trouble shooting)
  • Read and record viable environmental monitoring results if short staffed
  • Train staff in sampling techniques or delegate
  • Pursue special projects or delegate
  • Sign off on environmental monitoring data
  • Delegate the testing of “urgent samples” and manage expectations of requestor
  • Meet with product representatives
  • Schedule and chair regional meeting of microbiologists as part of information sharing and method harmonisation
  • Conduct performance reviews of team

12:30hrs – 45 minute lunch

  • Check how everyone is going
  • Schedule or delegate external testing
  • Review the regulations for gaps and improvements
  • Formulate media if short staffed
  • Meeting with production managers, supervisor and filling room staff as part of out of specification results investigation
  • Write investigation reports
  • Deliver training to team (routine and special)
  • Conduct investigative monitoring or delegate
  • Investigate and report on environmental monitoring trends

15:30hrs – 15 minute break

  • Check how everyone is going
  • Attend site consolidation project meetings
  • Conduct internal audit (about every 6 months based on schedule)
  • Ensure OH&S is being followed (this is a constant thing every time I enter then lab)
  • Continue tasks from earlier in the day
  • Contribute to yearly budget
  • Catch up meeting with lab manager
  • Travel to other company sites in same city for meetings
  • Examine training status of team and schedule training / update records
  • Issue updated documentation and train staff if training required
  • Determine if tasks scheduled for tomorrow
  • Determine if there is anything that needs the later afternoon shift or night shift to be aware of

17:00 – Depart for home

Roles Held

Microbiology TechnicianMicrobiology AnalystSenior Microbiologist aka “Microbiology Officer”Quality Assurance Microbiologist – Non Sterile Microbiology Team Leader

Quality Assurance – How to Apply Scientific Principles to Troubleshooting

My work called for presenters on a wide range of topics, both work and non work related. I put my hand up to deliver a talk on something drawn from my background as a scientist. After some thinking I came up with “Quality Assurance – How to Apply Scientific Principles to Troubleshooting”. I thought that would be a good topic as that’s the main thing I do in my current role and I did a lot of it in my old roles. I thought I would be able to impart knowledge to help others examine and solve their problems. Project mangers might find it useful. Software developers might find it useful. Athletes might find it useful.

Feedback from this session was positive.

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Continuous Improvement

This is something I tend to be weak on when it comes to answering in an interview (it does not come up much).  Hence this post to begin to get things ticking over in my brain.

Continuous improvement (CI) is something I’ve routinely done as I’ve updated documents, mapped business processes or followed procedures.  I’ve not followed any official 6 sigma methodology (also known as Lean, Agile, Kaizen) as such, though I have the basics if this in my survival kit and ask why 5 times.

Ask Why 5 Times - pinned to the wall of my cubicle/office

Ask Why 5 Times – pinned to the wall of my cubicle/office

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