Suggestions on use, qualification, handling and storage of laboratory working standards

Laboratory analysis is authentic only when there are standards for comparison of results obtained with the results obtained with standards under an identical set of experimental conditions. However, practically it is not possible to make use of original reference standard every time analysis is carried out as the quantity available is small due to its […]

Suggestions for improvement of laboratory workflows

The productivity of a laboratory can be improved consistently through judicious utilization of resources, the timely addition of resources and effective use of manpower.A clear vision of future goals will be helpful in planning for the set goals. The article is an attempt to offer some useful suggestions for achieving a sustained growth in workflows. […]

Gains of Automation for your Laboratory

The primary gains of introducing automation are saving precious time and cutting the cost of operations. The two goals are achieved through the takeover of repetitive and dull operations by automated devices so that the operator gets freed for other important tasks. The article examines how automation contributes to overall improvement in operations of a […]

How to avoid laboratory spills?

Laboratory spills are avoidable but can happen when least expected and without prior warning. Apart from material damage spills can cause injuries to yourself, your co-workers or to any unsuspecting laboratory visitor. Besides damage and injuries laboratory spills also result in frustrations due to unforeseen delays leading to falling in laboratory workflows. Our earlier article […]

Suggestions on maintaining records of Laboratory activities

Record keeping of laboratory activities is an essential requirement under Good laboratory Practices (GLP).In today’s highly overloaded laboratories there is always an argument that maintaining records is a drain on time which could be otherwise utilized for carrying out analysis activities. The article makes suggestions on record keeping and outlines advantages derived from keeping such […]

Suggestions for sustained career growth in testing laboratories

The obvious reason for your choice of a testing laboratory as your future career in a testing laboratory was a keen desire to gain exposure in the field and to reach the top position in the future. A sustained career growth requires a will to give your best and willingness to accept assigned responsibilities. Your […]

Suggestions on overcoming data entry errors in laboratories

A laboratory earns its recognition and repute over the years through accurate and timely delivery of analysis reports. Undoubtedly trained and skilled manpower and availability of advanced testing facilities make significant contributions towards achievement of such cherished goals. However, all the laurels earned through sustained efforts can be brought to a naught if unnoticed mistakes […]

Intermediate Controls on Laboratory Working Standards

Working standards play a critical role in any laboratory. The results of any analysis are meaningful only when they are related to a reference standard material. Under ideal circumstances a certified reference material should be used every time an analysis is performed but this is not a practical proposition as the cost of certified reference […]

Benefits of adopting Good Documentation Practices (GDP)

Good Documentation Practices fall under the scope of Good Laboratory Practices. GDP helps to streamline laboratory operations and preservation of evidence of all activities conducted in laboratories. In essence, GDP is concerned with records of experimental observations and control of documents. Documentation of Observations It is mandatory for laboratories to maintain records of experimental observations […]

Importance of maintaining Laboratory Log Books

A laboratory log book is a tamper proof record of laboratory activities related to use of testing equipments, environmental conditions in laboratory and consumption of critical standards and supplies. Difference between a laboratory log book and laboratory note book To start with it is important to understand the difference between a laboratory log book and […]

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