This section discusses the following:
- Common laboratory hazards
- Controlling laboratory risks
- Safe laboratory practices
- Equipment safety
Common Laboratory Hazards
Examples of common hazards include the following:
- Chemical hazards: Toxins, corrosives, flammables, and reactives
- Biological hazards: Microbes, animals, plants, and genetically modified agents
- Radiation hazards: Ionizing and nonionizing radiation
- Physical hazards: Heating devices, noise, projectiles, fire, cold, etc.
- Electrical hazards: Fire and shock
- Mechanical hazards: Moving machinery
- Airborne hazardous materials: Vapors, dust, etc.
- Ergonomic factors: Standing, repetitive motion