How can you guarantee the safety in your laboratory?
Laboratory safety is one of paramount importance, that is exactly why the safety resources have been created to encourage and promote safe working practice in the lab. Laboratory hazard can lead to serious injuries, and they have been divided into three main categories: glass, gas and chemicals. The lab is full of scientific equipment which is made from a different material such as glass, plastic, metal and many others; these equipment needs extra care while working as the glass equipment can easily break and cause serious injuries. The chemicals we use in the lab are usually acids, bases, solvents and solutions. These chemicals cause serious burns, organ and tissue damage. In order to prevent these conditions the lab coat, goggles and gloves must be worn all the time, and any splash of the chemicals must be cleaned immediately. In the situation of any touch with the skin ant, the eye must be washed.
In all laboratory experiments, we must obey all the instructions. Our behaviour goes a long way ensuring that the laboratory is a safe environment to works for everyone. The first consideration is to follow the written standard procedure step by step. And wearing proper lab dress. The lab coat, goggles and gloves help us to prevent serious injuries. Often we will be working with chemicals which could be harmed you if they come into contact with your skin and the eyes.
We must not eat and drink in the lab, as we do not want to contaminate our organ system and skin or risk ingesting poisonous chemical. By not following the lab rules we could also contaminate our experiment and ruin our results.
Keeping the lab clean is always very important as a cluttered lab is dangerous for everyone who works in the lab. Dispose of any trash on the floor can cause someone to fall.
Never place any chemical bottles on the edge of the table. In order to any splash check the instruction sheet for an appropriate response.
If you break any equipment never pick up with your bare hands. Any scratches in the skin can cause to harsh chemical to go through the bloodstream.