In various lab works and industries, risks are involved when working with hazardous chemicals. However, it can be mitigated by having knowledge on the potential risks of having these chemicals inside the lab.
A lab personnel might encounter these chemicals including but not limited to: carcinogens, acids, toxins, irritants, corrosives, sensitizers, neurotoxins, etc. Exposure to these also entails some health risks such as acute or chronic illness, cancer, respiratory issues, skin and internal irritation. On top of that, chemical properties such as flammability expose lab personnel to explosion risks and severe injuries.
Lab Design outlined 10 easy tips for proper handling methods and safety in the lab setting when working with hazards:
Installing proper infrastructure
Investing in appropriate infrastructure and maintenance should be high on the priority list. Lab equipment should be regularly checked and repaired as needed. Some key requirements that guarantee safety of personnel when using chemicals include:
These crucial tips and steps can help you and your lab sustain a safe and effective laboratory environment for personnel and end-users despite the use of hazardous chemicals.