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Ethics and Data Integrity for Technical Staff

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This online course discusses ethics and personal integrity and illustrates how these traits apply to technical staff in a public health or other laboratory. Examples of general workplace ethics are provided. Many of the ways that data integrity can be affected by technical staff are explained, from recognizing when sample integrity has been compromised to documenting errors, handling calibration and quality control issues, and changing or correcting results. Examples are given to show how...

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Biosecurity for Clinical Laboratories

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There are several sections in this course:

  1. Biosecurity and Biosafety
  2. Risk Assessments and the AMP Model
  3. AMP: Assessment
  4. AMP: Mitigation
  5. AMP: Performance
  6. Developing a Biosecurity Plan
  7. Quiz


This course includes several interactions designed to underscore concepts discussed in the course, two downloadable risk assessment templates and laboratory guidance from APHL on specimen storage...

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Introduction to Resource Management for Public Health Laboratories

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Public health laboratories must ensure a sufficient flow of funds to attract and keep top-notch staff, as well as to obtain and maintain required facilities and equipment. Furthermore, like shareholders of a corporation, the stakeholders in a laboratory--funding organizations, state government, taxpayers, and so on---demand a demonstration of the value they get for the money they spend. Herein lies the real challenge for the laboratory manager: How can you create and maintain an environment...

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Introduction to Budgeting for Public Health Laboratories

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Budgeting and fiscal management are challenges to all laboratory supervisors, both new and not so new. Gone are the days when the laboratory received a significant amount of its funding from a single source. Today, government laboratories have numerous funding streams, including appropriated state or local revenue, direct federal funding, indirect federal funding (through other departmental grant recipients), fees or other earned income and third party reimbursement such as Medicaid. The...

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Ethics and Data Integrity for Non-Technical Staff

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This online course introduces the concepts of ethics and integrity, defines the difference between the two and illustrates how these traits apply to non-technical staff in a public health laboratory. Examples of general workplace ethics are used throughout the course, from arriving on time to using the Internet for non-work activities. the term, "data integrity" is introduced and its relationship to fraud is given, including Information Technology and Public...

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Introduction to Analytical Measurement Uncertainty

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This online course introduces the topic of measurement uncertainty and defines the basic terms of measurement. The reason that all measurements contain some level of doubt is explained and illustrated. A distinction is made between random and systematic error and examples are given. The importance of understanding measurement uncertainty in a laboratory setting is stated and examples are provided of situations in which the laboratorian will need this knowledge. The...

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Organizing Your Lab with Lean 6 Sigma Principles

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This online course explains the use of Lean 6S principles in organizing the physical workplace for efficiency. The course shows how to eliminate the four types of waste: mistakes & reworks, excess inventory, unnecessary transporting and unnecessary motion. To accomplish this, the six sequential steps of Lean 6S are explained in detail and illustrated with photographs as well as graphics. Examples of Lean 6S initiatives at the State Hygienic Laboratory in Iowa...

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Electronic BT Workshop for Sentinel Labs

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The course consists of a Virtual Bioterrorism Workshop. In this interactive workshop you will determine whether to rule out or refer several organisms that are considered potential agents of bioterrorism by applying Laboratory Response Network protocols for Level A (sentinel) laboratories. When a possible agent of bioterrorism cannot be ruled out, you will view a video describing the clinical presentation and etiology of the agent.

Intended Audience

Laboratorians who handle...

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The Role of Sentinel Labs in Emergency Response

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There are five sections in this course:

  • Section 1: The National Laboratory Response Network
  • Section 2: Basic and Advanced Sentinel Laboratories
  • Section 3: Role of Public Health Labs in Emergency Response
  • Section 4: Role of Sentinel Laboratories in a Bioterrorism Event
  • Section 5: Role of Sentinel Laboratories in a Chemical Event

Modules 1 through 3 contain "pop quizzes" to assist you in understanding and...

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Biosafety: Avoiding Lab Acquired Infections (LAI)

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There are four sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Background
  • Section 2: BSLs and Use of Equipment for Your Safety
  • Section 3: Pathogens of Risk
  • Section 4: Building Safety into Laboratory Practice

There are review questions at the end of each section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is a post-test at the end of the course. 


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