Science is one of the most rewarding things any person could study. The subject has been the saving grace for many different issues that human beings suffer from on a day to day basis. From slowly saving the environment to curing various diseases, science has undoubtedly proven its worth time and time again.
In order for the many benefits of science to continue happening, however, scientists require safe spaces in which to conduct their experiments. There are several crucial safety guidelines all laboratories should follow in order to guarantee the safety of scientists involved and the success of conducted experiments.
Experiments conducted inside laboratories often use toxic chemicals and other various hazardous materials. The spaces in which these experiments are conducted should be able to encourage productivity and quality experimentation while still guaranteeing the safety of all people or beings involved in any experiments. Safety procedures in laboratories could save more than just the lives directly involved, however, as any successful experiment could save the lives of many other people going forward.
How can we guarantee a safe environment in laboratories, though? Of course, not all incidents can be prevented, as sometimes the unthinkable happens no matter how prepared a person or group may have been previously. With that said, basic safety precautions in laboratory design and procedures can make a world of a difference in preventing various incidents.
Follow Codes in Laboratory Designs
There are various codes that must be considered when designing a laboratory facility. Each code lays out the minimum requirements for safety in facility design, although some facility managers may include additional guidelines to further add to the safety of the laboratory.
The codes exist in regard to many different categories of facility design and should be considered in the earliest stages of the design process to guarantee the facility will meet safety requirements. How many people can fit inside the facility? What types of hazardous materials or toxic chemicals will be stored or used inside the laboratory? How many of these hazardous material or toxic chemicals will be used or stored? Does the type of laboratory require any additional specialized safety design guidelines?
Have Easy Access to Fire Extinguishers in All Areas of the Laboratory
Various mishaps can occur when performing serious experiments inside a laboratory. Especially when dealing with toxic chemicals and flammable liquids or materials, fires are a possibility at any point of an experiment, so proper precautions should be taken to guarantee such incidents can be taken care of immediately. By placing fire extinguishers at various locations with easy access around the laboratory, fires can be stopped as soon as they begin, ensuring the safety of all beings involved in the experiment.
Require Proper Safety Equipment and Garments to be Worn at All Times
Many injuries can be prevented simply by requiring proper safety equipment and garments to be worn at all times while inside the laboratory. Proper safety garments could include long pants and sleeves, covered shoes, or safety goggles. Long hair should also be kept up at all times to protect it from hazards such as open flames.
Other safety garments and equipment such as gloves or hearing protection may be required depending on the types of experiments being conducted inside the laboratory. Overall, it’s better to be safe with too much protection than be subject to injury due to not being properly equipped or dressed.
In the end, general emergencies and incidents inside the laboratory can be easily prevented with proper precautions. The best thing you can do for your scientists is to prepare for the worst. In a world where anything can happen on a day to day basis, it is much better to be prepared than to be a victim to unfortunate circumstances.
Scientific laboratories, especially, are common open grounds to incidents. If facilities were to properly train and prepare their scientists involved in experimentation inside laboratories, many incidents could be avoided. Remember to prepare for all incidents ahead of time. After all, the safety of our scientists also means the safety of our world. Successful and safe experiments could mean the saving the world, as well!