Many lab managers began their careers as bench scientists. Their scientific ability is often one of the leadership skills that leads them to gain a position as a lab manager.
For those thrust into a managerial role for the first time, it can be bewildering, with a whole new series of responsibilities, regulations, and obligations. Fortunately, with a little practice and the right systems in place, lab managers can achieve great things. Here are a few tips for success as a lab manager.
In lab settings, it’s important to know which samples have been handled by whom and when. Not only are such trackers crucial to ensure sample integrity, but audit trails are a critical component to ensuring patient safety and regulatory requirements.
There is a wide range of issues related to compliance in lab management. Management has to keep up with and comply with all of them.
To better manage complex compliance issues, you need a lab management system that helps you maintain proper control of processes, data and people. At Freezerworks, we refer to this important component of LIMS development as the periodic table of compliance. While no LIMS can claim to make your entire system “complaint,” Freezerworks brings assurance to one area of the compliance table shown above. Continue reading “The Periodic Table of Compliance”→
When looking for a laboratory information management system (LIMS), there are many considerations – price, functionality, future growth, and impact on processes.
A LIMS can provide robust features related to lab automation, reporting, billing and sample management. There are major cost savings with lab information management systems, ranging from a more efficient use of staff time to reduced need for server space and cooling costs.
Software installations are complex for several reasons. There’s the need to transfer data from existing to new systems. There’s a critical need to revisit existing and document new policies and procedures.
Using Freezerworks to manage a wildlife contraception center and biorepository
By Rick Michels
Marketing Director, Freezerworks
For exotic and endangered wildlife, whether it be the giant panda, white rhino, mountain gorilla, or even the humble koala, fertility is our ally and great hope for species preservation. When such animals successfully mate in captivity and bear surviving offspring, we naturally celebrate. Such stories are so heartwarming and popular that we don’t often consider the other side of the equation: what does a zoo do to prevent a population explosion? Public service announcements remind us of the importance of having our pets neutered, so much so that it often seems this is the only form of animal birth control. But is it? Do tigers and lions utilize artificial contraception like humans do?
The answer is yes. Wildlife contraception is a lesser known but important part of wildlife management: whether that management takes place in a zoo, a natural park, or even in those rapidly shrinking open spaces. And just as humans remain concerned about health and safety issues as they relate to contraception, researchers who work in animal contraception are similarly concerned with the safety and efficacy of chemical based birth control. Continue reading “Biobanking, Zoology, and The Pill”→
Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are a crucial element of laboratory quality control. SOPs provide guidelines for employees and managers, ensuring a consistent approach to lab processes from specimen handling to equipment calibration.
Inventory control is an essential component of proper lab management. Without inventory control, compliance, results, accuracy and patient safety are compromised.
Creating a discipline around inventory control is an effective way to teach staff members the importance of personal responsibility in lab management and the need for systems and processes that are necessary for efficient lab operations.
Business leader Marcus Lemonis has preached a simple, clear three-step approach to success: people, product, and process. If you are a lab manager or executive, those three concepts are essential to providing the right management to keep your lab working efficiently and safely.
Regardless of the size or scope of your lab, having a deep understanding of your employees, the work they do and how it is done is paramount. Without this basic comprehension, you are at risk of creating products – lab results – that are inaccurate, inconsistent and unacceptable. Continue reading “Four Tips for Excellent Lab Management”→