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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Professional Qualities that matter in your laboratory team

Team building in a laboratory setup plays a vital role as in any other commercial organization. As a laboratory in charge it is important for you to have clarity yourself on expectations you have from your team members. In other words you have to have a vision and roadmap ready on how you would like […]

Certificate Course on Gas Chromatography now available!

Finally the wait is over. Since the launch of our certificate courses on HPLC and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy we have received several requests for a similar Course on Gas Chromatography. It has taken considerable time to develop the course as GC has wide-ranging applications in diverse areas and consolidation of details proved to be time-consuming. […]

Safe Handling of a Laboratory Desiccator

A laboratory desiccator is a round shaped closed vessel made of heavy glass which is a common laboratory glassware item and has multiple uses, such as: Storage of standards under dry environment Storage of materials for weighing to constant weight Prolonged storage of hygroscopic materials Determination of loss on drying of manufactured products such as […]

Cleaning Practices for Laboratory Plastic ware

Laboratory ware should be free from contamination before it is put to use. Contaminated items can contribute significantly to analytical errors. Aspects of cleaning of laboratory glassware have been discussed in an earlier article. In recent years plastic ware has gained marked presence in laboratories and because of basic differences from glassware it requires a different […]

Characteristic properties of commonly used laboratory plastic materials

A laboratory chemist is always on the lookout for container materials which can be used for handling and dispensing of all types of solvents, chemicals, oils, etc. However, this dream has remained unfulfilled for ages. In the last few decades plastics have supplemented common glassware as they have provided some viable options. Deciding between glass […]

Deciding between Glass and Plastic laboratory ware

Glassware items such as round bottom flasks, volumetric flasks, conical flasks, beakers, test tubes, vials, pipettes, burettes, measuring cylinders and petri-dishes are a common sight in any laboratory. In earlier times all such items were made of glass. However, over the years plastic ware has made a significant presence and is becoming increasingly popular. The […]

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