OSHA Fire Safety (by LabCE)

1 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 7,660 customer ratings)

Authors: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP) MA Ed;
Reviewer: Judi Bennett, BSM, MT

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This course covers the basics of fire safety in the clinical laboratory. Learn about classes of fire and key acronyms such as PASS and RACE. Fire prevention, drills, and firefighting techniques are all addressed. Appropriate for annual laboratory compliance training and for clinical laboratory science students prior to clinical rotations.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-045-21, approved through 8/31/2023
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-877214, approved through 8/31/2023


  • Describe the three common classes of fire.
  • Identify ways to guard against fires in the workplace.
  • Describe correct procedure for handling a fire emergency.

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Course Outline

  • About Fires
      • Introduction
      • Be Alert and Knowledgeable
  • Three Classes of Fire
      • Classes of Fire and Proper Types of Extinguishers
      • Class A Fires
      • Class B Fires
      • Class C Fires
      • Additional Classes of Fires
  • Fire Safety
      • Fire Safety Responsibility
      • Laboratory Situations That May Create or Contribute to a Fire
  • Fire Prevention - Minimizing Risk
      • Fire Safety Policies and Procedures
      • Know the Work Area
      • Good Housekeeping
      • Proper Storage of Flammable or Combustible Liquids and Gases
      • Fire Safety Plan and Fire Drills
  • Responding to Fires
      • Remain Calm
      • Decision to Fight or Evacuate
      • Decision to Fight or Evacuate: Risk Assessment
      • PASS
      • RACE
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Basic
Intended Audience: All clinical laboratory personnel
Author Information: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years experience as a certified medical technologist. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For 20 years she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as the Safety Officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System. Terry Jo headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.
Reviewer information: Judi Bennett, BSM, MT is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc., located in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  During her 25 year career as a medical technologist, she was a member of the management team and has also served as a Point-of-Care coordinator, microbiology supervisor, and generalist. Judi has been a speaker at various LIS, AMT, and CLMA conferences and has been published in CLMA magazine.

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