A Guide to Chemicals and Chemical Grades

Almost every laboratory uses chemicals in one form or another. Knowing where to buy them, what grade to purchase, and what labelling is required can be confusing. This guide will help you navigate some of those challenges: Chemical Grades Most laboratory chemicals are labelled with a grade which generally indicates the purity of the chemical. […] ... Read More

The Power of TEAMWORK in the Laboratory

TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More. This popular acronym is very true, but in reality, how does it work and what application does it have to your laboratory? To find out we turned to our own team for ideas and this is what they said…. Have a common purpose and goal The concept of a lone […] ... Read More

4 Tips to Manage Laboratory Inventory

Managing inventory in the laboratory is an important task and the significance of it is largely overlooked. Inventory management remains one of the single most effective ways to reduce costs and improve productivity. The team at Westlab have written this article to give you some fresh inspiration and ideas to assist in managing inventory which […] ... Read More

Driving STEM Space Excellence

The era of long bland corridors and small lonely laboratories is almost over for most progressive schools in 2018. Corridors are now seen as open and opportune meeting places where communication and collaboration can take place spontaneously. Wide corridors with large transparent windows, various collaborative spaces including couches, tables and whiteboards make a building snap […] ... Read More

What is the difference between polystyrene (ps) and polypropylene (pp) in regards to resistance to acids/bases/chemicals?

Polypropylene and polystyrene are two types of commonly used polymers in the manufacture of plastic laboratory consumables. Polymers are large molecules that have the same structural unit repeating over and over.  The repeating units are called monomers. Polypropylene and polystyrene are both similar in many applications, but there are some inherent differences between them that make them […] ... Read More

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Laboratory

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is barrier protection and includes clothes and work accessories to protect students and employees from potential workplace hazards. Personal protection starts with personal clothing choices for example; short skirts, short pants, open toe shoes, loose clothing or long hair are not recommended in the laboratory setting due to the possible exposure […] ... Read More

How Long Does a Deionizer (DI) Cartridge Last?

How Long Does a Deionizer (DI) Cartridge Last? Deionization (DI) is a common form of purifying water. Mixed Bed Resin Filters are the most popular and far exceed the performance of older type of cartridges. The DI resin process purifies the water by passing water through two resins that have opposite charges to remove ionised […] ... Read More

Maintaining the Modulab Chemtemp Extreme Solid Epoxy Laboratory Benchtop

Modulab Chemtemp Extreme Benchtop is the standard benchtop used for Westlab projects that is a rigid, solid epoxy comprised of unique chemical properties formulated specifically for the entry level to high-level laboratory. The benchtop possesses a tough, non-porous resistance to strong acids and is equipped to handle extreme temperatures of up to 600 ̊ C! […] ... Read More

7 Reasons Why You Should Wear a Lab Coat in the Laboratory

BARRIER PROTECTION – A lab coat provides substantial barrier protection and shields your torso and arms from coming into direct contact with hazardous substances in the laboratory. PROTECTIVE MATERIAL – A good lab coat is semi fire retardant – The ideal material for a lab coat is 35/65 polycotton (35% polyester and 65% cotton). Polyester offers chemical […] ... Read More

The 4 New Elements on the Periodic Table

In June of 2016, it was publicly announced that the periodic table will have four new elements added to it. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has worked with the laboratories that discovered the elements to name them and then released the new periodic table for a five-month public review period which […] ... Read More

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