Managers of medical labs help to ensure that medical analysis and research in a laboratory facility takes place in an organized, efficient, and safe manner. Most medical lab managers focus not on specific projects or teams, but rather oversee all work within the facility and ensure proper staffing, the availability of equipment and operating supplies, and adherence to all safety procedures and protocols.
Most medical lab managers have prior experience working in a laboratory environment with biological samples and analysis equipment, and they are responsible for ensuring that qualified technicians and medical professionals are hired to staff all specialized teams and ongoing projects within the facility. They may also make necessary decisions about how to divide labor, and work with project managers and team leads to ensure that proper staffing is maintained and reflected in billing and invoicing.
Medical lab managers also ensure that equipment within the lab is up-to-date and meets the necessary requirements for lab workers and the assignments at hand. They may regularly inspect and log information related to heavy equipment, including coolers and medical sample holding appliances, and must also ensure that equipment expenditures, rentals, and ongoing supply purchases remain within budget constraints. It's important that they also ensure compliance with federal and state laws for safe work conditions in the laboratory, and they must maintain material safety data sheets for all chemicals, compounds, and cleaning supplies in the lab and ensure adherence to privacy laws and chain of custody.
A college degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior experience as a project manager or team lead within a laboratory facility is also necessary. Medical lab managers typically work during regular business hours.
Manager Medical Lab Tasks
Supervise and organize the work of lab technicians, train new employees, and help staff members resolve problems.
Ensure health and safety regulations are followed.
Introduce new techniques and equipment and evaluates their effectiveness.
Develop and enforce lab procedures for conducting tests and reporting results.