Laboratory Safety Is a Number One Priority

(DGIwire) – Following safety protocol is paramount for anyone who works in a laboratory. All possible precautions should be taken to prevent injury—whether it’s a small cut from a broken test tube or a major burn from a hydrochloric acid spill. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for staying safe in the laboratory setting.

  • Keep food and drink away from equipment. “Spilled drinks or messy food are distractions,” says Jeff Duchemin, President and CEO of Harvard Bioscience. “Whatever is spilled could permanently damage the equipment that is being used and contaminate the project as well. Bringing meals into a lab setting should be avoided whenever possible.”
  • Pour acid into water, not vice versa. Acids react with just about everything in a lab. The higher the concentration of an acid in a solution, the more reactive it will be, notes a recent article in Eurolab. Always remember to pour acid into water—not the other way around! Since acids are so reactive, pouring a small amount of water into a container of acid could result in serious injury.
  • Non-slip footwear is a must. Labs are full of expensive equipment. Falling onto that equipment and damaging it could be expensive in both the financial and physical sense, Eurolab And bumping into another person can cause a chain reaction in which equipment or chemicals get involved. Wearing non-slip footwear greatly reduces the risk of tripping, slipping and sliding in the lab.
  • Work in groups. Laboratory workers should never work by themselves. When a researcher has a partner, there is a greater chance that in case of an accident there will be someone there to guide the injured individual to safety. Moreover, says Eurolab, when someone works with at least one other lab partner there is a greater chance for quality work to be conducted.

Staying safe in the laboratory setting pays off for a myriad of reasons—not least of which is the fact that it helps ensure that valuable research, conducted using state-of-the-art technology, can be conducted in as hassle-free a manner as possible.

Harvard Bioscience offers the highest-quality tools and equipment for university, government, clinical and other research laboratories. Its product range is extensive, from molecular analysis instruments to electrophysiology tools. The company’s subsidiaries offer a complete line of instrumentation in multiple sectors including laboratory fluidics, molecular analysis, cell physiology and animal physiology.

“Safety must always come first no matter what the nature of the research being conducted,” Duchemin adds.