Overseeing a laboratory requires the utmost appropriate actions to ensure safety and accountability for all involved. From wearing PPE to storing all substances in their appropriate containers, workplace safety is an essential part of laboratory protocol.
Here are some laboratory housekeeping tips you must know to remain safe in that environment.
Store unused equipment
Many sharp and dangerous tools are used in laboratories across the country. While it’s assumed you’re a professional managing these tools safely and appropriately, you must remain diligent to keep yourself and your coworkers safe. Therefore, when cleaning the laboratory, make sure to label all tools and store them in their appropriate locations. Hang lab coats in closets. Store all safety goggles, masks, and other PPE in their respective zones. Lastly, store all chemicals, powders, and substances in their appropriate receptacles in a lab refrigerator or storage cabinetry.
Thoroughly sweep and sanitize work areas
Another general tip is to sweep and sanitize the area. As with any laboratory, remove any obvious physical objects from the ground that don’t belong. Clean up messes as soon as they occur. You don’t want to risk tripping or slipping over any materials. Additionally, make sure tables, chairs, aisles, and work benches remain clutter-free. All safety equipment, like eye washing stations and fire extinguishers, should be clear and open. If you cannot effectively clean your equipment, you may need to invest in industrial-grade laboratory cleaning brushes. You can use tube brushes, beaker brushes, flask brushes, and much more to achieve a clean work environment.
Monitor electrical equipment
The last laboratory housekeeping tip you must know is to monitor electrical equipment. Naturally, you may not have the knowledge to supervise these alterations. Call an electrician or supervisor to help with this process. Ultimately, never overload circuitry. Surge protectors and ground fault interrupters can help prevent this from happening. Keep electrical devices and outlets away from water to prevent electrocution. Furthermore, report any faulty electrical equipment to your manager. That way, preventive measures ensure everyone remains safe in their daily responsibilities.