Six Main Responsibilities of Pathology Lab Technicians and Staff Members

Six Main Responsibilities of Pathology Lab Technicians and Staff Members

Six Main Responsibilities of Pathology Lab Technicians and Staff Members

Are you finally ready to hire new employees to staff your pathology lab?  Once the new design is constructed and the lab is stocked with equipment and supplies, you will be ready to start looking for qualified employees to work in your lab.  As a lab consultant, we help many companies with their design, finances, operations, equipment, and staffing to get their lab on the right path.  This includes hiring all the right people to perform everyday lab tasks.  These are some of the responsibilities of those that you will want to hire for your lab.

Equipment Handling and Daily Set Up

Lab technicians are responsible for handling and setting up the lab equipment each day.  When they get into work, they will likely have a list of all the tests that need to be run that day, and they will need to know exactly what equipment and supplies they need to do so.  They can set up their workstations to take care of the tests that need to be performed so that the day runs smoothly.

Maintain Lab Equipment

Technicians also need to maintain the lab equipment so that it stays in optimal shape for running tests.  Although they may not be required to perform the maintenance themselves, they need to communicate any repairs or issues with their managers so that it can be performed.  Because they operate this equipment daily, they are most familiar with the ways it should function.

Properly Handle Patient Samples

By handling patient samples properly, technicians can ensure that patient tests will not be tampered with or contaminated in any way.  This is an important step in the process, as it is how labs keep their quality assurance and ensure proper data for their clients.

Prepare Testing Solutions and Samples

Lab testing requires solutions, chemicals, and mixtures to test patient samples correctly.  At the start of each workday or work week, these solutions need to be mixed and prepared.  Lab technicians will take time to do this whenever it is necessary for each test.  Some solutions can be prepared in advance, while others may need to be mixed right before the test.

Perform Testing

Of course, lab technicians will also need to have the education and training to perform the actual testing.  Often, they can read the results of these tests and analyze the data to help with diagnoses, but this may be done by their managers or other lab specialists.  

Follow Safety Regulations

When working in a lab, safety is always the top priority.  It is essential that lab technicians follow all the safety regulations that keep everyone safe in the lab facility.  When they follow these regulations, they will be able to keep themselves and their patients safe from contamination, hazards, faulty diagnoses, and other lab issues that may arise.

These are just a few of the many responsibilities and jobs that your lab technicians should be able to do.  While you will need to train these employees when they first start, you want to hire people that have the capacity and experience to handle these tasks – and more.  Contact Hankins Consulting if you need staffing guidance or other laboratory solutions today.

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