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 […]

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 […]

Essential precautions required for validation of analytical methods

Validation of analytical method plays a crucial role before it is put to routine use. It is therefore important that required precautions be taken during the validation process itself as otherwise it is as good as adopting an un-validated method. The article underlines such parameters and suggests measures that should be taken during the validation process. […]

Responsible Collection and Disposal of Laboratory Waste Materials

Laboratories are doing an immeasurable service to mankind and their contribution towards promotion of commerce and trade is well recognized. However, all the benefits offered by laboratories can get nullified if laboratory wastes are disposed irresponsibly and without concern for the preservation of our environment. Laboratory wastes are potentially hazardous as they can have the […]

Importance of adherence to Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures or SOP’s lay down guidelines for carrying out the different tasks in any work establishment. Establishments range from testing laboratories, commercial organizations, offices, airlines, railways, workshops, manufacturing industrial units, etc. The role played by SOP’s in testing laboratories assumes greater significance as there are several major concerns. Firstly it is the upkeep […]

Suggestions for Improvement of Cash Flow in Commercial Testing Laboratories!

Management of cash flow in laboratories is a critical area which requires involvement of senior management as well as all employees irrespective of their position and roles. Commercial testing laboratories play an important role in upkeep of national product quality standards and in global trade through upkeep of mandated quality standards and improvement of product […]

Recommendations on Entry – Exit procedures in Laboratories

Laboratories are places where visitor access regulation becomes essential for the following reasons: Prevention of outside contamination from visitors or their belongings Presence of dangerous materials, corrosive and poisonous chemicals, radioactive radiations or biological micro-organisms in laboratories which can prove harmful to visitors Visitors can cause distraction to laboratory workers which can result in errors […]

Systematic evaluation and analysis of customer feedback information

Commercial testing laboratories cannot exist in isolation. Sustained growth requires an ever growing satisfied customer base. The importance of customer feedback and its review was emphasized in an earlier article – Customer feedback review – Essential for sustaining a rising growth. It is common practice for all laboratories to seek customer feedback from time to […]

Who is responsible for cleanliness and hygiene in laboratories?

It is often quoted that cleanliness is next to godliness. This holds true in homes and commercial establishments but is of greatest significance in laboratories. It goes without saying that a clean and well controlled environment is absolutely necessary for generation of data with highest reliability and for high uptime of sensitive and sophisticated laboratory […]

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