General Guidelines For Safe Handling Of Chemicals In Laboratory

General Guidelines For Safe Handling Of Chemicals In Laboratory

All chemicals used in laboratory have safe handling methods as specified by chemical’s label and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Laboratory hazards can be minimized by following these safety measures in handling.

Always keep in mind the general guidelines while handling the chemicals:

  • Always label all containers with chemicals.
  • Use protective equipments for eye protection and make sure to wear a laboratory coat.
  • Avoid intentional smelling, inhaling and tasting of chemicals.
  • Always avoid direct contact with chemicals, far from your hands face, clothes and shoes.
  • Hazardous chemical should be used only as directed.
  • Use separate cabinets for acid solutions with concentration more than 6 M.
  • Mark the date on all containers upon receipt and again when reopened.
  • Attach chemical labels with all necessary information to all containers.
  • Immediately read the warning labels when opening newly received reagent chemicals. This will help to be aware of any special storage precautions such as refrigeration or inert atmosphere storage.
  • A periodic check on chemical containers for rust, corrosion, and leakage is a must.
  • Store bottles in chemical safe bags especially those hazardous and moisture-absorbing chemicals.
  • Avoid use of mouth suction to fill a pipette. Use a pipette bulb or other filling devices.
  • Smoking, drinking, eating and the application of cosmetics is forbidden in areas where hazardous chemicals are used or stored.
  • Always use chemicals with adequate ventilation. Check with the MSDS and also the Standard Operating Procedure to work out what type of ventilation is required.
  • Whenever you leave the lab after handling any chemicals wash thoroughly with soap and water. Keep your hands and face clean free from any trace of chemicals.

These are some general guidelines to be followed in laboratory handling. Those involved in large scale chemical production should be more precautious by covering their whole body with personal protection equipments which includes gloves, clothes, shoes, glasses and safety measure to avoid direct inhalation of chemicals.