To operate a safe laboratory, you shall provide essential lab safety equipment before doing any activities in there.
If you fail to provide such equipment, you are running the laboratory with a high risk, which may endanger you and other laboratory members.
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So, you have no choice. You must provide these must-have lab safety equipment.
Or if you are missing any equipment, you must provide them immediately.
The following equipment checklist can be used as a guide for you to provide basic lab safety equipment.
Must-Have Lab Safety Equipment Checklist
Fume hoods provide a barrier between laboratory workers and hazardous chemicals or chemical processes. The key item of fume hoods to make it function well is its ability to exhaust vapor/gas at a certain flow rate.
Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinets
Fire hazard from flammable liquid shall be adequately controlled, including by using storage cabinets. Always store the flammable liquid inside the storage cabinet.
Provide appropriate fire extinguishers for the laboratory in adequate quantity. Place them in the right location for easy access, high visibility, and free from any obstacles.
A fire blanket is one of the most important fire extinguishing equipment. When you find a fire for the first time, use this fire blanket to diminish the fire as soon as possible before it grows bigger.
You must use safety cans to store flammable liquid in the laboratory safely. It minimizes fire accidents and so protect laboratory workers from the fire hazards.
When chemical splash occur, you have to immediately wash all of your work cloth and body with plenty of water. So, that’s why safety showers role are very important in case of such emergency condition.
Even though you have already worn safety goggle, but it does not mean that your eyes are fully protected from chemical splash hazard.
The possibility still exists. Because of this reason, you need to make sure that an eyewash station is available in the laboratory.
Chemical Spill Kits
Chemical spill kits are required for handling hazardous chemical spills in the laboratory. The key is to provide the kits in enough quantity and place them on the appropriate location.
First Aid Kits
Make sure that the first aid kits is available in the laboratory and the content is complete. Inspect regularly the content and immediately add first aid kits item if already used up.
Personal Protective Equipment
You must provide all basic personal protective equipment for every lab analyst; lab coat, apron, eye goggles, nitrile gloves, and face shield.