Lab Safety

Lab Safety

A laboratory poses potential risks due to exposure to corrosive and toxic materials, flammable solvents, high pressure gases, explosive chemicals and dangerous microbes. A little care and adherence to prescribed safety guidelines will help avoid laboratory mishaps.

Before setting up, consider the type of experiments you’re running & the materials that will be used. If you think that they are hazardous in nature, apprise yourself with the safety standards.

Prepare yourself

  • Attend all laboratory safety training sessions especially for materials you’re working with
  • Read the safety manual & only perform procedures you’re authorized to perform
  • It’s best to work under direct supervision or with another laboratory personnel
  • Know where the emergency workstations are along with emergency medical kits

Account for Potential Exposure

  • Wear clothing that’s full sleeved and no open shoes to ensure that even without PPE, you’re safe
  • Avoid keeping nay food items or drinks near your work station
  • Use fume hoods to prevent exposure & keep the materials stored in designated cabinets
  • Report any damaged electrical or broken materials to your supervisor immediately

Implement protective standards

  • Don’t leave any ongoing experiments unattended
  • Practice good hygiene practices for yourself and the materials that are being used
  • Always wear PPE in the laboratory irrespective of what you’re doing
  • Have dedicated stations to work, store and discard materials