Specimen Processing Workstations:
Each specimen processor uses the ESP Accessioning Module at one of 72 workstations, equipped with a computer, 15" flat screen monitor, laser bar code reader, and thermal bar code label printer. Each workstation is alongside a section of the Automated Track System. After ESP labels have been affixed to the tubes, the employee looks for a printed "TRK" on the label, indicating that the tube is to be transported on the Automated Track System. Not all tubes go on the system. Some tubes may be too small (pediatric tubes) or too large. The system can handle tubes ranging from 13x75 mm to 16x100 mm. In addition, some critical frozen tests are kept frozen and are manually transported to the labs, whereas other critical frozen tests that are performed frequently are transported on the Automated Track System. Each workstation is equipped with a styrofoam container with dry ice to maintain frozen specimens in a frozen state. Another bin has refrigerated gel packs to maintain refrigerated specimens in that state.
An employee team designed ARUP’s original workstations, with input from an ergonomics expert. ARUP’s current workstations are durable metal units with modular components enabling ARUP to use other customized variations for other functions besides Specimen Processing. The computer monitors are at eye level, which reduces eye and back strain. Adjustable chairs and footrests add to employee comfort. Various supplies such as ARUP's standardized transfer tubes, caps, disposable gloves and standardized transport carriers (STCs) are within easy reach, as are the bar code reader and label printer. To comply with OSHA regulations and universal precautions for human specimens that may contain blood-borne pathogens, employees are required to wear gloves and lab coats at all times, as well as wear face shields at any time that aliquots are being poured. Finally, the trash containers next to each workstation have covers with narrow slits to prevent tubes from accidentally falling in the trash.