A laboratory with a set of chemicals

October 26, 2017 1 min to read

Are You Handling Spills in Your Laboratory the Right Way?

Category : Business

A canvas is to a painter, as a laboratory is to a scientist. The laboratory plays a major role in creating inventions in the culinary world and modern medicine. With chemical reactions that happen in the laboratory, it is not safe from the occurrence of spills.

Most of the chemical containers in a laboratory are glassware. What that means is they are prone to breakage at the simplest of mishandling. Glassware breakage leads to spills. Luckily, there are spill kits that address these concerns.

Warning Calls

The first thing you should do in the event of an accident is to declare the spill area out of bounds. Contact your emergency response specialists and inform them of the kind of the spill and your location. You can also access your spill management manual and know the right procedure to undertake in the situation.

Protective Wear

Before containing the spill, ensure that you are in protective gear. This includes masks, goggles, and gloves— anything that keeps your body from getting into contact with the spill.

Spill Control

Prevent the fluid from spreading. Create a boundary around the spill and soak the chemical using absorbent pads. You can also use mini booms to prevent the liquid from spreading.

Disposal

Disposal is the last stage in containing a spill. Pick up the absorbent products and carefully place them in the disposal bags that come with the spill kits. Do not dispose of the chemical with other waste to minimize the risk of flames. Carefully seal the bag and wait for the spill response team to come and decontaminate your lab.

Your laboratory is not fully safe from spillage. But, it can be managed. Be always ready to deal with spills as you never know when it might happen to you. Obtain spill kits if you haven’t already.