Speakers' Bureau Directory: LaCroix

Steven LaCroix
Degree: Masters (MA or MS)
Employer: State of Washington
Shoreline, Washington  98155


Primary Employer: Agricultural/Veterinary; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Public Health; Other N/A
Job Title: QA / Safety Officer
Years in position: 13
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
Responsible for developing and implementing policy critical to the Public Health Laboratories compliance, accreditation and regulatory assessment activities. Responsibility includes planning for the development and future of the Public Health Laboratories, including staff, facilities, equipment and policy. Makes decisions regarding distribution of resources within the PHL to ensure that the goals and objectives are met. Coordination of the laboratory’s compliance with all accreditation, proficiency and qualification regulations mandated by federal and state agencies, OSHA, EPA, HCFE, FDE, USDA, the Department of energy and the Washington State Medical Test Site Rules. Provides effective fiscal management of the quality assurance and safety aspects of the Public Health Laboratry by developing fiscal requirements for a sound decision making process, regulatory requirements, liability and compliance issues. Assures the effectiveness of activities by determining and enforcing policies and standards, by directing the budget for these functions, personnel and other resources, determining the long-term goals and resources necessary to meet the future needs and provides leadership and professional development for staff. Train personnel in various aspects of safety and accreditation, i.e. bloodborne pathogens, hazardous communication, respirator training, etc. Directs the activities of the Quality Assurance and Safety committees. Developed an Occupational Health Program. Implemented the formation of an Emergency Response team. Responsible for security evaluation for bioterrorism preparations. Works with the Radiation Safety Officer on radiation issues. Responsible for decontamination of the facility, as needed, utilizing vaporized hydrogen peroxide. Responsible for the industrial hygiene, air monitoring and hearing conservation programs.

What do you love about your job?
challenges / diversity / ability to make a difference in the laboratory and our employees workplace.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
BS / MS Microbiology; additional classes / certificates / national registry Microbiology / CBSP, Certified Bilogical Safety Professional /
Need to be self motivated, be able to ask quesions, look up information and problem solve.

EDUCATION OSHA Training Institute, Seattle, Washington
Safety and Health Specialist, 2003
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
Master of Science, Microbiology 1980
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Microbial Ecology, 1976
Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Michigan
Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, 1976

AFFILIATIONS American Society for Microbiology
Association of Public Health Laboratories
American Biological Safety Association
Northwest American Biological Safety Association, chair.
Evergreen Safety Council
Health, Environmental, Safety and Laboratory Professionals, H.E.L.P., Seattle
National Fire Protection Association
AOAC, American Association of Analytical Chemists
American Society for Quality
CLSI, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute


Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship 1996-97

Fellow in association with the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors, ASTPHLD,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Pathobiology, University of Washington, and the
Washington State Public Health Laboratories. Responsible for the development of immunoblot procedures for IgM
antibody to the ne

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Volunteer so the employeer can get to know you / after a no, keep in touch, things change /