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Maintaining Safety in Laboratory: A Practical Guide

This eLearning module helps in identifying health and safety hazards in a pharmaceutical laboratory. It delves into procedures and systems that ensure a safe working experience in a laboratory, and the steps that must be followed to avoid hazardous exposures

  • Use of safety measures and good laboratory practices which help employees minimize hazards, exposure, contamination, and workplace accidents

  • Typical health and safety hazards in a laboratory

  • Engineering and administrative controls including personal protective equipment such as gloves, glasses shoes, apron, and respirators.

  • Specific equipment safety measures, including precautions and maintenance of gas cylinders, cryogenics, electricals, centrifuges, glassware etc.

  • Steps for proper storage, labeling and waste disposal of hazardous substances in a laboratory

  • Safe personnel behavior

  • Access to emergency eyewash, shower, fire extinguisher, spill kit, and fire alarm.

Why it matters

Exposure to hazardous chemicals can result in acute or chronic health effects. Lack of training and unsafe workplace practices have led to major laboratory accidents\, some of them fatal. Awareness of risks in different situations and understanding emergency response procedures minimizes the risks from adverse incidents. Laboratory safety training is key to reducing accidents and injuries at the workplace. Properly trained and experienced lab personnel can effectively control laboratory risks

Who is it for

This module is relevant to all employees in an organization that work with chemicals\, infectious biologicals\, radiation or other workplace hazards

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