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“With our 500 facilities and only a handful of safety professionals, SciShield is our life raft!”

Posted by Jonathan Klane on Jul 7, 2021 5:37:06 PM

The Center for Discovery and Innovation at Hackensack Meridian Health or HMH is part of a bio-hub and does a great amount of work in research – from bench (and BSC) to bedside – we cover it all. We are a research island in a sea of healthcare. We have over tens of thousands of employees spread across 500 facilities with just a handful of full-time safety professionals to cover it all. My office is a 2-person group. We have not just OSHA, but as part of a healthcare organization, we’re also regulated by the state and several national entities. The massive administrative burden was killing us.

We knew we needed a much better system to track our safety and risk data. We had nothing systematized before and with our many principal investigators or PIs, using spreadsheets wasn’t cutting it. We could try to DIY it ourselves, but the in-house software expertise needed along with available time wasn’t going to work for us – we just don’t have the bandwidth to develop and maintain our own system. We’re a large research enterprise but building out our own solution was tough!

So, we got both the Inspections and Training modules – they worked great right out of the box! It allowed us to jump ahead several steps. We could dive in quickly, it lessened our administrative burden, and it helped our staff! We can now manage our chemical inventories – it helped us use our few resources much better. We’re continuing on and growing – it’s been a great relief!

We’re so glad we went with SciShield – thanks for being our life raft!

Sean Fitzgerald, Manager of Biological Safety and EHS, Chair of the Institutional Biological Safety Committee, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH)