A seminar day on issues of occupational safety and hygiene to laboratory staff was held on 11/16/2009 with cooperation of the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety. Such day is the first of its kind at general hospitals in Israel and particularly in Barzilai Medical Center.
Mr. Yuval Ben Mordechai, Deputy Administrative Director and Chairman of the medical center safety committee opened the seminar reviewing the activity that was done at the medical center during the year in order to modify the laboratories to safety occupational regulations (according to the 2001 occupational safety and hygiene regulations of hazardous materials in medical, chemical and biological laboratories).
The seminar continued with lectures of two of the best specialists on biological, chemical and laboratory safety. Dr. Yehiam Yaffe lectured on coping principles during emergency event, on coping with biological waste and fire inflammation, safety regulations and principles of safety work in laboratories. Dr. Eitan Israeli ended the seminar with review of biological hazardous, biological safety and daily coping with such risks.
At the end of the day participants were asked to fill feedback forms in which they expressed their satisfaction from the lecturers, the program and the hospitality.
It needs to be mentioned that the seminar was a pilot in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and was approved by Dr. Emanuel Gazit, Director of the Ministry of Health Laboratories Department.Additional seminar will be held on 12/07/2009 under the same standard.