Importance of Material Safety Data Sheets in Laboratories and Warehouses

The safety of workers in laboratories and warehouses storing chemicals is a joint responsibility of all. This statement is often boldly displayed in concerned departments. However, every laboratory or warehouse worker cannot be expected to know the properties and hazards of all materials and therefore it is important to realize that safety can be implemented […]

Laboratory Warehouse Safety – Whose responsibility is it?

A laboratory exposes you to hazardous materials such as toxic and poisonous chemicals, flammable solvents, corrosive liquids, highly reactive chemicals and explosive materials. Specialized laboratories, in addition, can also require handling and storage of radio- isotopes, dangerous microbes and viruses. Such laboratories should also have provision for safe storage and handling of such materials. Aspects […]

Are Proficiency Testing and Inter- Laboratory Comparisons the same?

Technically speaking they are different but both Proficiency testing and Inter-laboratory comparisons serve a common objective – to validate test procedures adopted in a laboratory and build confidence amongst clients, auditors, accrediting and regulatory bodies on the competence of a laboratory’s capabilities to carry out a particular analysis and report results with highest degree of […]

Importance of Laboratory Instrument Calibration

Critical decisions concerning quality of manufactured goods and publication of research findings are often based on results of laboratory analysis. Laboratory instruments are designed to provide analysis results of high reliability. You must have wondered what all factors contribute to your confidence on the results generated by an analytical instrument. Let us first list out […]

Suggested Practices to keep your laboratory contamination free

‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ is a saying which holds true for any work place but it is greatly relevant for a laboratory. The article How good hygiene practices contribute to laboratory safety and quality of results provided some useful suggestions for good laboratory housekeeping and its implementation through self-discipline. The present article discusses some measures […]

Laboratory documentation – A must for all laboratories!

The day you decide to make analytical chemistry your future career you have decided to take upon yourself a great social responsibility which will rest on your ethical code of conduct. Job responsibilities of an analytical chemist has already highlighted such responsibilities. In order to carry out your duties as an analytical chemist you have to […]

Laboratory Accidents Prevention – Your Top Priority

Any work place is prone to accidents due to human or other circumstances beyond one’s control. However laboratory poses a greater potential for accidents due to: Presence of hazardous, toxic, flammable, corrosive and poisonous materials Exposure to hazards such as fires, electric shocks, mechanical machinery and heavy loads Safety at work place has been a […]

Suggestions for Regulation of Visitor Entry inside Laboratories

A laboratory is required to maintain its security through safety of operations and limited access to confidential information and test samples. Visitor access regulation goes a long way in achieving these objectives. It may not be possible to completely prohibit visitor entry as at times it has its own benefits. Let us first group the […]

How Management Review Meetings Support Laboratory Operations?

Effective communication plays a vital role in any organization’s growth. Today any progressive organization needs to encourage a culture for free exchange of ideas. Senior managers and executives need to encourage communication and evaluate suggestions coming from all levels of laboratory staff. Management review meeting is held annually or twice a year in some organizations. […]

Important Considerations for Expansion of your Laboratory Operations

Laboratories like any other business establishments need to keep pace and grow with advances in technology and customer expectations. In brief you will need to review your operations from time to time and consider viability of expansion of your existing infrastructure. Such decisions should be based on careful evaluation of following aspects: Availability of space […]

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