Essential measures for prevention of harm from laboratory chemicals

Laboratory chemicals offer a diverse range of hazards to laboratory workers and need to be handled with extreme care. Exposure to such hazardous materials becomes inevitable but adherence to safety guidelines can prevent such exposure and minimize the resulting harm. The earlier article How laboratory chemicals gain entry into your body discusses the four common groups […]

How laboratory chemicals gain entry into your body?

Laboratory chemicals are found commonly as solids, powders, gases, fumes and liquids. Your body is vulnerable to harm through exposure to chemicals when you work in laboratories. The extent of harm can depend on the level of exposure and individual tolerances to allergic reactions of such materials. In your school days a lab coat was […]

What specifies the flammability characteristics of laboratory solvents?

A laboratory houses several solvents which play diverse roles in analysis and synthesis activities. The quantities of such solvents in laboratories are often much lower than those found in warehouses. Fortunately the fire hazards posed by flammable solvents are less in laboratories in comparison to places of bulk storage. The risk in laboratories is further […]

Tips on prevention of laboratory fire accidents

Fire accidents in laboratories can cause immeasurable damage in terms of serious injuries to laboratory workers, damage to expensive instruments and laboratory facilities, financial losses and loss of man days. Fire hazards in the laboratory outlines the types of flammable laboratory materials and classification of fires based on the nature of such materials. The present article […]

Need for exercising control over Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS is a useful resource of information on chemical properties, physical behaviour,hazard properties, handling and storage requirements, toxicology, properties, transportation guidelines and first aid measures that should be adopted in the event of exposure to the chemical. Every laboratory worker cannot be expected to know the information given in MSDS […]

Suggested guidelines for leaving the laboratory

A lot has been written on safety guidelines for working in laboratories. However, an important aspect which is often overlooked is what needs to be done if you happen to leave your laboratory last. It goes without saying that you would make sure the following has been looked into before you leave your home: Almirah […]

Essential considerations for working alone in laboratories

It is an established fact that your efficiency and concentration are at their peak levels when there is no one around to distract you. This belief holds true when you are studying for your examinations or working in office but it holds true only to an extent when working alone in the laboratory. Laboratories are […]

Importance of advance review of analysis requests by testing laboratories

Every laboratory has a specialization which is decided by its expertise and available facilities. Specialization covers areas of analysis such as pharmaceuticals, foods, building materials, geological specimens, environmental analysis covering water, air and industrial wastes, etc. Within the broad spectrum of analysis there are numerous sub- sections and some laboratories enjoy repute due to their […]

Selection of Cell materials for UV – VIS spectroscopic studies

Cuvettes are available in different designs to accommodate sample volumes ranging from micro-liters to a few ml. These are generally made from glass, quartz and transparent plastics.Both glass and quartz cuvettes are fragile and require care in handling and use. Plastics are more durable but have their own limitations.The choice of material depends on nature of […]

Critical role of Method Validation in Chemical Analysis

Each and every analysis requires choice of a method that will help you achieve the required objectives. In case an established method is available you should consider yourself fortunate as this will save you the effort and time required to validate the method before adopting it. Several options are available to you for selection of […]

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