How to Maintain Safety Procedures in Your Lab

A laboratory can be a very dangerous area to work, so it is important that there are some safety rules put into place. It is the lab manager’s job to develop the rules and put them in place. These rules need to be followed in order to maintain a safe working environment.

The most important rule that seems like a given is absolutely no food or drink inside of the lab. There are three reasons that food and drinks should be left out of the lab; they can become a distraction, food waste is messy and these messes will reduce efficiency as well as promote a risk for contamination, and the drink or food could become contaminated and make you very sick or kill you.


Always, make sure that you are working with a lab partner. It will help during the experiment to help avoid human errors. Also, in case of an accident, someone will be there to go get help. Another vital step for keeping a laboratory safe is to store flammable chemicals in a fireproof cabinet. This one seems like a no-brainer, but if there is even one chemical out it could send the whole laboratory up in flames.

It is also very important to create a budget for lab safety equipment. There needs to be a budget and always allocate for the costs related to trainings. While you are doing the boring paperwork of creating a budget, you should go ahead and create a laboratory safety manual. It is basically like an employee handbook but it has to rules. It is a brief summary of all the rules in a small book, so if there are any questions the employees can always refer back to it. The manual requires a signature saying that it has been; this helps to reduce liability in the case of an accident or termination.

Another sneaky but good tip for keeping your laboratory safe is to conduct unannounced inspections. If you keep popping unexpectedly then people will start to keep the laboratory in order all the time. One way to keep the laboratory in order is by delegating tasks. By giving certain people specific tasks it will guarantee that job is done and if it is not then you know exactly who is to blame.


The last thing that you can do to keep order in the laboratory is to conduct routine safety drills. It is just like a fire drill during school. If you prepare your employees for the worst then they will be prepared in case something is ever to happen in the lab.

Running a lab is a lot of work, but there are ways to make it easier. These are just a few tips to help to make running a laboratory as stress-free and simple as possible.


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