Public Health Ontario
  • Toronto, ON, CAN
  • Contract

Title: Laboratory Attendant 2

Department: Toronto PHOL

Job ID: 20-0152 - #LI-SH1

Organizational Overview

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Position Details-
Position Title: Laboratory Attendant 2
Department: Toronto PHOL
Location: 661 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Duration: Temporary - 12 month contract
Hours of work: Full-Time, must be flexible to cover day, evening and night shifts, including weekends
Compensation Group: OPSEU
Salary: $26.39 to $29.73 hourly

Posting Date: November 18, 2020
Closing Date: December 2, 2020

Position Summary-
To provide technical laboratory services to the environmental laboratory and to support laboratory operations for the testing of specimens submitted to PHO Laboratories.

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).
  • 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, discards 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 computer systems, familiarity with laboratory information systems, MS office products such as Word and Excel.
  • Proficient computer skills necessary to work with automated, computer driven equipment.

Education and Experience-

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

Attributes and Competencies-

  • 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.
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