Laboratory Safety Equipment

With the potential risks of working in a laboratory with corrosive and flammable materials, it is absolutely essential that the work environment has easily accessible safety equipment and that employees are trained to use it in case of an accident. Safety equipment begins with the attire that laboratory workers wear. They should wear laboratory coats which are knee length, smock coats with long sleeves made of naturally absorbent material like cotton. They could also wear safety gloves made of nitrile, latex or vinyl to protect their hands from specimens or contaminants. Safety googles should fit snugly to protect the face. Each laboratory should contain a fire blanket to smother small fires as well as fire extinguishers marked with different coloured symbols to specify which type of fire they are suitable for. A first-aid kit is another essential piece of equipment and its contents should include bandages, eye wash, sterilised water, plasters and sterile dressings. Some laboratories might need a fume hood, which is a large piece of equipment containing air pumps, which protects workers from noxious vapours or fumes. Laboratory safety equipment should be available and easily accessible in all laboratories, whether they are industrial, educational or research.

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  1. Ear Protection
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    Ear protection should be worn when the noise level reaches 85 decibels to prevent permanent hearing loss. There are a variety of different types of protection such as plugs and muffs. They are made of different materials and can be reusable or disposable.

  2. Eye Protection
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    Eye protection should be worn in all laboratories to prevent accidental eye injury. There are a number of different types of protection and include clear glasses or goggles, face shields and tinted glasses. All of these should fit snugly and are also available as prescription lenses.

  3. First Aid Equipment
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    All laboratories should have first aid equipment in case of an accident. In larger laboratories, this could be a separate room. There are basic medical supplies which the kit should contain such as bandages, an eye wash and sterile dressings. In case of more serious chemical burns, a safety shower could be installed.

  4. Fume Cabinets
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    Fume cabinets are pieces of safety equipment which allow laboratory employees, the experiment itself and the working environment to be protected from noxious vapours or fumes. The two basic types of fume hoods are ducted and recirculating though the former is more popular.

  5. Laboratory Gloves
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    Laboratory gloves are used to provide protection to people handling hazardous substances across a variety of environments such as laboratories, factories, garages and in different industries such as construction and medical. When selecting the glove the substance being handled must be considered to ensure that the appropriate glove material, thickness and style is chosen to provide maximum protection.

  6. Laboratory Safety Clothing
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    Safety clothing is used to protect the wearer from the hazards in their environment created by the task being completed. Risks from hazards such as extreme temperature, dust, chemicals and physical dangers all can be reduced by wearing the correct safety clothing. PPE is widely used in the construction, medical and manufacturing industries.

  7. Masks and Respirators
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    Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) includes both respirators and dust masks, these protect the wearer from breathing in potentially toxic substances. The wide range of respirators and masks available ensure worker protection across both domestic and a wide variety of industries.

  8. Radiation Protection
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    Radiation protection is required across a wide variety of industries including medical, construction, manufacturing and nuclear. The radiation shields are made from different materials such as lead or concrete and combined with decreasing the time of exposure and increasing the distance from the radiation source will protect the workforce in these industries from the harmful effects of radiation.

  9. Safety Cabinets
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    Many industries such as the pharmaceutical and medical industries have a need for carry out tasks that include hazardous materials, in order to do this safely they need to be stored in safety cabinets. For some tasks, biological safety cabinets are used which protect the product and operator from the hazardous material through filtration units.

  10. Spill Kits
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    Spill kits are used in different environments to contain and clean up spills of any hazardous substance. They all contain some form of absorbent material to soak up the spill, additionally, drip trays or socks can be used to contain the spill and prevent it from spreading. Spill kits are used to contain spills either on land or in water.

  11. Other
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    Other products that didn't quite fit into any of the above categories.

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