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 […]

Handling and Disposal of Special Materials in Medical Laboratories and Hospitals

Medical laboratories and hospitals consume materials having potential hazards such as microbiological bacteria, corrosive chemicals, compressed gases,and flammable solvents, etc. Safe handling and disposal practices for such materials are adequately covered in common guidelines. However, besides such products potentially hazardous materials are often handled in such premises which include radioactive isotopes, cytotoxic materials, mutagens and […]

Intermediate checking on Working Standards

Working standards play a crucial role in chemical analysis. Comparison with a standard is essential for both identification and quantification of unknown components of samples. In other words a standard serves to authenticate an analysis. Ideally a certified reference material bearing traceability to national or international standardization bodies is essential every time an analysis is […]

Management of Critical Laboratory supplies and samples

A laboratory makes use of several materials and consumables in the course of its routine operations. Such materials can be classified into different categories such as Routine supplies and consumables Standard reference materials Samples under proficiency test studies The number of items used in the laboratory is vast and depends to a large extent on […]

Essentials of Sample Management for Commercial Product Testing Laboratories

Efficient sample management plays a significant role in increasing productivity and profits of commercial testing laboratories. An earlier article titled Sample Management – key to success of laboratory operations covered some useful guidelines that should be adopted during different stages of testing from receipt till disposal of samples post-analysis. The present article recommends a set of […]

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