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Lab Safety Equipment

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Every laboratory in the world has three things in common: personnel, lab research equipment, and lab safety equipment. In the event of an emergency, having the necessary safety products available can drastically reduce the risk of an undesirable outcome. For the same reason, proper lab safety equipment training is also important.

Lab safety equipment comes in a variety of types, and not all laboratories may require a full suite of products. Personal protective equipment such as goggles, aprons, and gloves are standards, but increasing protection by using face shields, butyl gloves, or full body coveralls may also be appropriate. First aid kits for abrasions, burns, or cuts can also reduce the risk of serious hazards, and spill control products such as boom coils and sorbent pillows can help safely contain minor spills before they get out of hand.

Training those who are involved on the proper safety techniques and emergency procedures is just as important as having the right equipment. Training videos, hazard drills, and informative literature can help the training process. In the case of an accident, knowledgeable staff can act quickly and efficiently, and help contain the situation so as to endanger as few people as possible.

Purchasing Lab Safety Equipment

Safety products are available from many sources, notably from safety supply shops and industrial suppliers. Online vendors usually offer quantity discounts, and some have online support and phone support to answer and questions you may have. Many retailers can also provide you with Material Safety Data Sheets and other pertinent information.


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