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Preventing lab hazards

Minimize risks from challenging samples to protect yourself, colleagues and your lab

Guide: Handling challenging samples. Resources and strategies for safe, efficient work

The first step toward safety is always personal protective equipment (PPE).

Automated instruments can standardize repeated steps or assays and reduce the need for operator intervention.

Decontaminating workspaces and equipment before and after handling sensitive or challenging substances prevents accidents and side reactions.

The typical lab is full of safety hazards, from substances that are toxic or harmful, explosive, caustic, mutagenic, radioactive and more. Maintaining safe laboratory practices – storing materials compliantly, selecting the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for your sample and experiment, using suitable and well maintained instruments, reducing sample sizes when possible, and modifying experimental techniques or procedures to accommodate sample properties – are all effective ways to mitigate the risks posed by hazards or unsafe procedures.

In this guide, a set of resources that provides suggestions regarding safe practices in the laboratory for any level of automation is assembled. Download the guide for recommendations to reduce the occurrence of lab safety hazards: Ensure you protect yourself and your colleagues; keep your instruments in top shape; and safeguard your results.

Facts, background information, dossiers

  • pipetting
  • routine testing
  • safety
  • lab safety
  • measurement of pH
  • multiparameter measurements
  • sample dispensing
  • work safety

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