Lab safety

Lab safety instructions

One of the most complex workstations concerns lab workers. Laboratory workers in many diverse fields are exposed to materials that require employees to exercise caution. Both in maintaining safety rules at work and in organizing before and of course at the end of the work itself.

In this article we will point out several important safety instructions that laboratory workers and their employers should recognize, in order to ensure, first and foremost, the wellness of the workers on the premises.

Lab attire

In the face of other workspaces that do not require a rigorous clothing set, this is not the case with lab work. In many labs, workers are required to wear goggles at all times during work, which can prevent direct and indirect contact with the eyes at any time and perimeter. In addition, many people are advised not to use contact lenses because there are substances whose vapors may stick between the eye and the lens and cause serious damage.

In many labs, workers are required to wear a long-sleeved robe, long pants that cover their shoes, which are themselves supposed to be closed. In other labs, even tighter clothing will often be required.

Work with lab materials

Each material that we work with in the laboratory has its own capabilities and "behavioral nature". This requires controlled behavior that will produce the desired result. Beyond that, there are several ironclad instructions concerning working with materials in the laboratory.

Heating of materials must be done in a controlled and balanced manner. Beyond that, make sure that the opening of the heater is not aimed directly at the workers facing the tool, leaning against it, or passing it. Heating of hermetically sealed vessels is of course prohibited unless special permission is given, and all required safety measures are applied.

When working with materials that are considered more friendly, under no circumstances do you taste the ingredients. Many laboratories that work with substances from nature or those relating to the field of food have regulations and that is subject to validity. Often these materials are mixed with others or are in the process where tasting can be hazardous.

In cases where it is necessary to smell a chemical, do so carefully. Many workers are required prior to smelling to wave the hand over the opening of the tool so the smelling will be moderate rather than an amount that may be fatal.

The safety instructions, beyond the use of a chemical safety cabinet, are the basic and uncompromising requirement of every employee for every lab with equipment that currently has clear rules for work. In many places, training and refreshment days are held to ensure safe and efficient work and to ensure employee wellness.