Maybe you’ve started work at a bio-hazard facility. Maybe you’re just trying to improve cleanliness and adherence to protocol among your high school chemistry students. Whatever your reasons for contemplating lab safety, here are five tools that can make the job much easier.
1: Spill Neutralizers
When working with chemicals, spills are simply a fact of life. There’s no reason to worry, however, when you have neutralizers on hand. These fix-its often come in a variety pack to address different kinds of accidents.
2: Sticky Mats
Sticky mats use a polyethylene covering to clean the bottoms of your shoes before you enter a sanitized area. Simply step on the mat, and all your dirt, dust and other contaminants will cling to the covering instead of your soles. Learn more about safety mats by clicking here.
3: Safety Signs
From hazard striping to caution stickers, these signs will keep everyone safe even if a supervisor isn’t present to oversee operations. They’ll also stop curious non-employees from venturing too far into dangerous areas.
4: First Aid Kit
Scientific experiments don’t usually go slightly wrong, they go spectacularly wrong. This is why it’s so important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in every lab or every classroom. Seconds can count if you have an eye contamination or severe burn.
One of the most important aspects of lab safety, goggles are also the most overlooked, especially by young students or overeager chemists. Make sure you keep plenty of extras on hand.