Overview: Laboratories can be dangerous places, with a vast array of potential hazards available to cause harm. This webinar considers harm may be caused, as well as how people and organizations can be protected from that harm by the appropriate use of Control Measures arrived at through the process of Risk Assessment.
Typical hazards that will be mentioned include:
In this webinar we will consider not only the hazards, but also some of the associated control measures and also the important role of having a meaningful Laboratory Good Practice Guide.
Fire Safety will consider the storage of substances, the use of hot equipment, naked flames, etc as well as touching on the general fire safety arrangements of the premises. Consideration will be giving to the safe use of glassware, dealing with broken and potentially contaminated glassware and other sharps. The use of pressurized gas cylinders will be discussed, as well as consideration of where these should be located, moving and handling of these cylinders. The issues of chemical and biological hazards will be discussed, including storage arrangements, labelling, dealing with spillages, etc. There will be a mention of simple aspects of biological laboratory safety. The hazards associated with radiation and with strong magnetic fields will be mentioned. The use of naked flames (such as Bunsen burners), hot surfaces and heat from exothermic reaction will be covered along with the use of very cold media, including cryogenic liquids.
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