21 Essential Tips for Good Laboratory Practice

1. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, lab coat, and safety goggles.

2. Familiarize yourself with the laboratory's emergency procedures and know the location of safety equipment like fire extinguishers and eyewash stations.

3. Keep your work area clean and organized to prevent accidents and cross-contamination.

4. Label all containers clearly with the contents, date, and your initials.

5. Follow proper waste disposal protocols for hazardous materials , chemicals , and biological substances.

6. Never eat, drink, or smoke in the laboratory to avoid ingestion of harmful substances.

7. Use caution when handling sharp objects like needles or glassware to prevent injuries.

8. Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that can get caught in equipment or chemicals.

9. Read and understand all instructions before starting any experiment or procedure.

10. Double-check measurements and calculations to ensure accuracy in your work.

11. Keep a detailed record of all experiments, including observations, procedures, and results.

12. Report any accidents or spills immediately to your supervisor or designated safety personnel.

13. Use proper ventilation systems when working with volatile chemicals or fumes.

14. Do not pipette by mouth; always use a mechanical pipette or bulb filler instead.

15. Dispose of broken glassware in designated containers to avoid injuries from sharp edges.

16. Store chemicals properly according to their compatibility and flammability ratings.

17. Minimize distractions while working in the laboratory to maintain focus on your tasks.

18. Be aware of potential hazards associated with each experiment and take necessary precautions accordingly.

19. Do not engage in unauthorized experiments or procedures without proper supervision or approval.

20. Regularly inspect equipment for any signs of damage or malfunction before use.

21. Stay updated on current safety guidelines and best practices through continuous training and education in laboratory safety protocols.

Read also: 5 Main Components of GMP

Resource Person: Ershad Moradi

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