A culture of safety consciousness, accountability, organization and education is necessary in laboratories.  Safety and training programmes should be implemented to monitor the handling of chemicals from ordering to disposal and to train laboratory personnel in safe practices.  A crucial component of chemical education for all personnel is to nurture basic attitudes and habits of prudent behaviour so that safety is a valued and inseparable part of all laboratory activities.

Beyond regulation, personnel hold themselves responsible for the safety of the building occupants and the general public.  Emergency preparedness, emergency response and consideration of physical hazards as well as chemical hazards is an integral part of laboratory safety.  To be most effective, safety and health must be balanced with, and incorporated into, laboratory processes.  A strong safety and health culture is the result of positive workplace attitudes.

In order to perform their work in a prudent manner, laboratory personnel should consider the health, physical and environmental hazards of the chemicals they plan to use in an experiment.  However the ability to accurately identify and assess laboratory hazards must be taught and encouraged through training and ongoing organizational support.  Training should be at the core of every good health and safety programme or management to lead personnel to assess worksite hazards and hazards to be eliminated or controlled;  everyone involved must be trained.



Remove gloves before leaving the laboratory and entering common use spaces such as elevators or corridors outside your laboratory.  Use and appropriate secondary container when transporting materials through common use areas.  Remove gloves before using the telephone or touching other common use surfaces in you laboratory.  Always wash your hands with soap and water after removing gloves and before leaving the laboratory.


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