Safe handling practices for laboratory Cryogens

Cryogens are essential requirements in research and analytical testing laboratories . They help improve the sensitivity and resolution of some analysis techniques to levels which are not achievable at room temperatures. However, there are some hazards associated with their use. Some safe handling suggestions are provided in the current article which will help avoid laboratory mishaps. Transportation […]

Hazard potential of laboratory Cryogens

Liquid nitrogen and liquid helium are two common cryogens found in laboratories housing sophisticated analytical instruments. Both exist as harmless gases at room temperature but have very low boiling points. Nitrogen has a boiling point of and helium has a still lower boiling point of which is just 4 degrees the above absolute zero temperature. Such […]

Useful Tips on safe use of laboratory heating devices

Heating is an essential requirement in laboratories for carrying out common operations such as: Purification of solvents by distillation Extractions using rotary evaporators Studies on kinetics of chemical reactions Determination of physical parameters such as boiling point, melting point, flashpoint, etc Sample digestions Drying of cleaned glassware for subsequent use Drying of precipitates or determinations […]

How to Prevent Accidents through safe handling of analytical instruments

Analytical instruments are capable of producing results with high degree of accuracy and precision. As a consequence analytical techniques are widely superseding the earlier classical methods. However, such instruments are prone to accidents and hazards arising from carelessness in handling them. Apart from hazards breakdowns result in loss of productivity and additional expense in repairs. […]

Which is the best available option for storage of Laboratory Chemicals?

Which is the best available option for storage of Laboratory Chemicals? On entering any laboratory you will come across chemicals and reagents stocked on workbench platforms and sidewall shelves. Have you ever wondered as to what would be the ideal plan for storage of chemicals. The available options are: Unplanned Random storage Alphabetical sequence Storage […]

How good hygiene practices contribute to laboratory safety and quality of results?

Hygiene is essential in all workplace environments. It assumes even greater significance in laboratory as both safety and quality of results are in direct relation to standards of personal hygiene. Laboratory safety measures undoubtedly contribute to an accident free environment but good hygiene practices supplement it with higher productivity and health of laboratory workers. Good Housekeeping […]

How to Deal with Hazardous Laboratory Spills?

Spills can happen in all laboratories irrespective of their size or sophistication. Spill Management is often overlooked when considering laboratory safety but spills expose laboratory workers to hazards like any other laboratory operations. The topic was touched upon briefly in the earlier article General Guidelines for laboratory safety. In the present article general guidelines are […]

Familiarize Yourself with Laboratory Safety Devices and Symbols

In the earlier article General Guidelines for Laboratory Safety you were provided tips on safe practices for carrying out different laboratory operations and processes. It is equally important to familiarize with safety symbols that you are likely to come across on laboratory walls, solvent and reagent bottles,containers and instruments in the laboratory. It is not […]

General Guidelines for Laboratory Safety

Your prime concern the moment you start work in the laboratory should be to protect yourself and your fellow co-workers from exposure to harmful toxic substances and hazardous chemicals. Remember you are as much responsible for your own safety as safety of others around you. A majority of laboratory accidents are caused by overconfidence and […]

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