Emergency Use of Uncertified Respirators

  |  March 30, 2020

Can the FDA allow uncertified respirators to be used to protect worker health and safety? On March 28, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to allow healthcare providers (HCPs) to re-use respirators disinfected according to an “authorized decontamination system“. This EUA also reinforces an earlier EUA, issued on...
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Reusable Elastomeric Respirators: Proper Use by Healthcare Workers

  |  March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge of patients to urgent care, emergency room and drive- up testing locations. Healthcare workers depend upon N95 disposable respirators to protect them from exposure to the respiratory droplets that transmit the disease. The supply of N95 respirators is being rapidly depleted as the crisis prolongs. Fabric facemasks...
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The Importance of Tabletop Exercises — and How to Do Them Properly

  |  June 4, 2019

If your biotechnology organization has a thoroughly developed business continuity plan or crisis management plan, you might think you’re well prepared for the unexpected. However, how can you really know your plan will work? While there’s no foolproof way to ensure your research facility or commercial laboratory is 100 percent safe from vulnerabilities and disaster...
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