A laboratory manager is required to provide leadership, guidance, and oversight to staff members within a laboratory, whether it is an independent one, or one part of a hospital.
A person working at this position needs to make sure that the operational end of the laboratory is properly managed, and that any issues or problems are resolved, before they can affect work procedures.
To work as a laboratory manager, it is imperative that you possess a degree in science – some employers may hire you if you have a high school diploma, but you will need to show that you have the necessary background and experience for this work.
As a laboratory manager, it is imperative that you possess solid knowledge of lab procedures, and the running of a busy laboratory.
Depending on the type of work that you will be required to perform, you will need to be quite good at handling lab procedures.
Exceptional organizational skills, along with a solid ability to handle many tasks at the same time is important. Other skills that you will need to possess include the ability to train staff members, determine their ongoing training needs, and ensure that reporting work is done properly.
Here is a list of some of the duties that you will be performing in the role of a laboratory manager:
• Determine staff requirements, and hire and train laboratory personnel to fill positions.
• Provide laboratory staff members with information on the rules and regulations of the work.
• Assist in the preparation and supervision of samples for lab testing or analysis.
• Select appropriate methods and techniques, and provide correlating insight to hiring managers.
• Perform tests using a variety of complex testing methods and techniques, ensuring that they are performed in a functional manner.
• Oversee all lab operations, placing special focus on correct procedures and techniques.
• Provide insight into handling difficult procedures and specimens, ensuring that staff members are aware of safety regulations.
• Create and implement safety procedures and rules, and ensure that all staff members adhere to them.
• Calibrate all aspects of sophisticated instrumentation, and perform periodic maintenance on equipment.
• Execute work stoppage initiatives in the event of quality issues, and investigate problems.
• Monitor the daily operations of the lab, and ensure that maximum efficiency is aimed for.
• Ascertain that all methods and techniques are consistent with the policies of the laboratory facility.
• Oversee the printing and filing of lab reports, ensuring the accuracy and confidentiality of each report.
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