Practice Good Housekeeping and Personal Hygiene –
Avoid direct contact with any chemical. Never smell, inhale or taste laboratory chemicals. Always wash hands and arms with soap and water after removing gloves and before leaving the work area. Never eat, drink, chew gum or tobacco, smoke or apply cosmetics in the laboratory. Do not pick up broken glass with your hands. Use tongs or other mechanical means. Remove Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and lab coats before leaving the lab. Remove gloves before handling common items like phones, instruments, door knobs, etc. Keep all work areas clean and uncluttered. Wipe down benches with cleaners or disinfectants regularly. Do not block emergency showers, eye washes, exits or hallways.
What are the most common lab safety problems?
Never store or consume food or drinks in labs where hazardous materials are used. This goes for keeping your lunch, snacks and sodas in refrigerators made for chemicals. Safety Eyewashes should be cleaned and flushed weekly. Always document the date of last maintenance on eyewash tags. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in labs where hazardous materials are present. Never wear shorts or open-toed shoes in labs. Remove clutter and practice good housekeeping. Keep exits and aisles clear. Eliminate extension cords and power strips in series. Have the appropriate spill supplies available, and follow proper response procedures when spills occur. Maintain labels on chemical containers received from manufacturers and label secondary containers. Replace old and deteriorated labels. Segregate chemicals properly. Store acids in an acid cabinet or in a plastic container. Store nitric and other corrosive acids separately. Dispose of unwanted chemicals properly. Label chemical waste with specific contents. Keep waste tag attached to each specific waste container at all times. Keep chemical waste containers closed (do not forget to remove the funnel). Chemical fume hood sashes should be kept closed whenever possible. Maintain the minimum possible opening when working. Limit storage in hoods to essential items only. Always use a temperature monitoring system to ensure that volatile chemicals stay within their safe ranges. Also, items that will be used, such as vaccines, should be kept within their safe temperature ranges so they do not go bad. Always secure gas cylinders properly. Also always keep safety caps on gas cylinders when not in use.
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What is PPE in laboratory?
Laboratory PPE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for the work conditions must be worn when working with laboratory hazards. At minimum this must include
Laboratory coats (or other protective clothing such as aprons, scrubs, coveralls, etc.) Safety glasses or splash goggles Gloves appropriate to the hazard Fully enclosed footwear (no sandals, flip-flops or ballet shoes)
What is basic laboratory practice?
What is GLP? – Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) is a quality system covering the organizational process and conditions under which non-clinical laboratory studies are planned, performed, monitored, recorded, reported, and archived. GLP ensures the quality and integrity of safety test data submitted to the government for the issuance of research permits.