Following laboratory safety rules is a must in any laboratory, no matter where it is located. Human error, improper technique or misuse of equipment and apparatus are the cause of most injuries and infections attributable to activities performed in a laboratory.
If specimens are not collected, transported and received in the laboratory properly, there is a risk of infection to personnel.
What are the safety instructions to follow?
Below are techniques to avoid or minimize the most common problems of this nature.
- Laboratories that receive a large number of samples will need to set aside a specific room or area for this purpose
- All contaminated materials, specimens and cultures should be decontaminated before disposal or cleaning for reuse
- Sample containers can be made of glass or preferably plastic. They should be sturdy and not leak when the stopper or cap is placed correctly. The outside of the container should be clean, free of material
- Containers must be properly labeled for easy identification and to properly inform the user
- Secondary containers may be made of metal or plastic, but must be autoclavable or resistant to chemical disinfectants, and the lid should preferably have a seal
- Glass Pasteur pipettes should be replaced with their plastic counterparts whenever possible to reduce the risk of injury/cuts.
- Solvents should only be handled in a fume hood – an explosion-proof mixer should be used to extract samples with flammable solvents
- Toxic chemicals must also be handled in a fume hood; protective gloves must be worn.
Think about your safety while handling your samples in the lab !
The safety instructions applicable to laboratory work must be respected at all times, and the laboratory workers must be familiar with all the risks associated with the use of the solvents and reagents they are called upon to use.
Some manufacturers contribute to your safety in the laboratory by providing you with containers and bags for your biological waste, as well as guaranteed leak-proof containers and quality chemicals with safety data sheets.
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