The Importance Of Laboratory Safety: What Is Laboratory Safety?

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What is Laboratory Safety?

Laboratory safety is of paramount importance to environmental health and safety, which manages and responds to all issues and concerns surrounding chemical, biological, radiation, laser, chemical fume hood and centrifuge safety as well as biological safety cabinets, compressed gas cylinders, nanotechnology, emergency spill response, hazardous waste management and other standard operating procedures.

Rules and Instructions in the Laboratory
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Mercury, benzene and arsenic are some examples. Chemicals with this symbol should be handled very carefully because if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through skin may even cause death in some cases.

2. Corrosive (Fig. 02)
Corrosive substances are extremely dangerous. This symbol tells that if we are contaminated with corrosive materials, it’s very dangerous. If these substances touch the skin, it will burn the flesh. If contaminated with the eyes, it will cause permanent blindness. Concentrated solution of caustic soda and other strong bases is an example. It is important to wear glasses and gloves while handling this type of chemicals.

3. Oxidizing (Fig. 03)
Substances with this symbol must be kept away from combustible, flammable and spontaneously combustible materials.
Examples for such substances are potassium nitrate, lithium peroxide and sodium chlorate.

4. Compressed Gas (Fig. 04)
The gas containing cylinders may cause hazards due to banging, damaging, puncturing or dropping the cylinder. These cylinders contain very huge volume of gas and may cause suffocation if leaked in a poor ventilated environment.
A most common example is compressed propane.

5. Keep away from

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