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Assurance is a positive statement of confidence or certainty. Unlike insurance which offers financial reimbursement for a loss, assurance is pro-active with the goal of minimizing loss or hazard by prior assessment and informed choices.

Assurance is a positive statement of confidence or certainty. Unlike insurance which offers financial reimbursement for a loss, assurance is pro-active with the goal of minimizing loss or hazard by prior assessment and informed choices. Creating assurance means that the risks or potential problems are identified and that steps are taken to protect or perform to a desired level. When there's a lot at stake, the assurance sometimes needs to come from a professional and not just word-of-mouth or someone else?s experience in another setting. In this issue, assurance takes the forefront with valuable information from experts on the issues of commissioning, gloves, and security.

If you've ever used one of those hand blow-dryers, you know that it generally takes two or more pushes of the big metal button to get your hands dry. It's not unreasonable to presume that the dryer should dry hands in one press of the button. It should do the job that it's meant to accomplish. The commissioning process is just that type of check and balance of need and performance but on a larger scale. In "Commissioning Laboratory Animal Facilities," Dan Frasier discusses how to incorporate commissioning from the design stage to ensure that the mechanical components of a facility work as intended and meet the demands of the task.

Wearing the correct glove is vital in assuring personal safety in the laboratory. Industry experts, Ned Leverage and Dean Kirk offer a wealth of knowledge in their article, "Laboratory Gloves." They walk through the glove manufacturing process, glove materials and treatments, along with some insights into market factors that influence quality and cost. All gloves are not created equal and glove selection plays an important role in reducing accidents and injury.

In "Vivarium Security," authors Eric Edstrom and William Edstrom, Jr. take a look at current and future trends in assuring a secure environment for personnel, animals, and research. Security technology today includes a variety of options to make this important task reliable, flexible, and easier than ever to operate. By decreasing the administrative burden and increasing the ability to custom design a security system, new technology offers more and better options for creating a secure environment.

Editorial Advisory Board

ALN has a distinguished editorial advisory board. By providing input and guidance, they help the editorial direction of the magazine stay timely and informative. This month we are proud to announce two new additions to our board. James Stevens has 42 years experience as a veterinarian, a Ph.D. in immunology, and has worked as a laboratory animal veterinarian since the 1970?s. In addition, Jim has been Dean for Research, Professor of Pathology, consultant, and director of several lab animal programs. Steven Miller is a Senior Airflow Engineer at Allentown Caging Equipment Company, Inc. Steve is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer (PE) who has spent most of his career designing air moving devices and controls for a variety of applications and is currently working in product development. These new members join our founding board members Sandra Jex, Ned Leverage, and Dave Diamant. We are fortunate to have their combined and varied experience available to us.

The ALN Buyer's Guide

Another announcement we are happy to make is that the first ALN® MagazineBuyer's Guide will be published this fall. The 2003-2004 ALN Buyer's Guide will contain valuable lists of products and services for animal care and use programs along with information on the companies that provide them. This is the guide that needs to be within reach all year long for quick and easy reference.

 

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