Laboratory Attendant - Toronto, Ontario

Posted On Mar 27

Title Laboratory Attendant 2 (two positions)

Program Toronto Public Health Laboratory

Job ID 18-0314,0135

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Position Details Position Title: Laboratory Attendant 2 (2 positions available)

Department: Toronto Laboratory

Duration: 2 positions available (2 temporary full-time positions available)

Location: 661 University Ave.

Compensation Group: OPSEU

Position Status: OPEN. Internal applicants to be considered first.

Salary: $25.58 to $28.53. External candidates will be started at step 1

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week 

Posting Date: November 19, 2018

Closing Date: December 3, 2018


Position Summary:

Public Health Ontario (PHO) requires Laboratory Assistants for the High Volume Testing area to perform laboratory attendant duties. Shifts include evenings and weekends as required.

Key Responsibilities • Logs, sorts, labels all specimens submitted for laboratory testing/examination

• Transports samples to testing laboratory as required.

• Handles, prepares and processes medical samples (e.g. culture media and reagents) for identification of micro-organisms, reagents and solutions and testing up to the point of result interpretation (e.g. set up of cultures, staining, extraction, loading analyzers)

• Perform maintenance of equipment, e.g. analyzers, BSC, centrifuges, fridges and freezers

• Handles, prepares processes and results water samples.

• Uses automated equipment or manual methods to prepare and aliquot human samples for testing.

• Uses PHO Laboratory Information System to prepare worksheets or enter data, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality of data.

• Prepares, loads and unloads laboratory analyzers.

• Performs inventory management functions including ordering, unpacking and storing of laboratory goods.

• Files, stores, discard laboratory samples.

• Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, cleans and disinfects laboratory work areas.

• Maintains laboratory stock supplies.

• Assists with set-up of quality control and maintenance of stock cultures

• Answers telephone and resolves problems related to samples (e.g., incomplete information, mismatched tests and information, leaking samples).

• Performs other duties or projects as assigned. 

Knowledge and Skills • Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory safety procedures to provide a range of laboratory services in support of operations. 

• Knowledge of and skills to operate technical equipment, e.g. centrifuge, PCR and related equipment, autoclave, biological safety cabinet

• Knowledge of computer systems, familiarity with laboratory information systems, MS office products such as Word and Excel.

• Ability to load and unload analyzers

• Manual dexterity to sort/label/aliquot samples.

• Proficient computer skills necessary to work with automated, computer driven equipment.

• Oral communication skills to exchange information and clarify test requests or discrepancies with other team members as well as with external clients (i.e., physicians).

• Written communication skills to record information into logs/records.

Education and Experience • Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician from a recognized community college program or relevant training and experience.

Attributes and Competencies • Ability to work within established procedures for a Medical Laboratory Assistant and within PHO Lab standards and protocols. 

• Ability to follow technical instructions (SOP) for testing of samples and preparation of reagents. 

• Ability to solve basic problems (e.g., mismatched samples, issues with prepared media such as incorrect pH)

Job Status Full Time Temporary

Posting date 11/19/2018

Closing date 12/3/2018

Street Address 661 University

City Toronto

Province Ontario [ON]

Country Canada [CA]

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