Download our guide: Decrease the risk of lab safety hazards to protect yourself, your colleagues, your instruments – and your results.
The typical lab is full of safety hazards, from substances that are toxic or harmful, explosive, caustic, mutagenic, radioactive and more. Maintaining safe laboratory practices – storing materials compliantly, selecting the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for your sample and experiment, using suitable and well maintained instruments, reducing sample sizes when possible, and modifying experimental techniques or procedures to accommodate sample properties – are all effective ways to mitigate the risks posed by hazards or unsafe procedures.
Yet crucially, obtaining accurate and repeatable data with the minimum number of replicates is often the best path forward. This may be accomplished in a number of ways. Safe practices in the laboratory may be achieved via traditional manual processes, or by implementing automated workflows that reduce the need for operator intervention and standardize procedures and data-recording. In addition, multifunctional laboratory software that secures the capture, analysis and archiving of data also streamlines and reinforces the safety of lab procedures.
No matter the approach, careful planning and attention to detail augment data quality and underpin experimental success. To improve the safety of your operations, we have assembled a set of resources that provides suggestions regarding safe practices in the laboratory for any level of automation. Download our guide for recommendations to reduce the occurrence of lab safety hazards: Ensure you protect yourself and your colleagues; keep your instruments in top shape; and safeguard your results.