16 Results for tag Lab Safety

Nitrile Vs Latex Vs Vinyl Gloves

The three most popular glove materials on the market today are nitrile, latex, and vinyl. We have seen the popularization of the nitrile glove in recent years but what’s the difference? And what type should you be using? In this article, we will explore the these glove types so you can make an informed decision […] ... Read More

What is GHS and when will it be in use?

GHS is an acronym for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This new naming and labeling system that is in the process of being implemented globally. It was developed by the United Nations and the transition to the new GHS system began in Canada in February of 2015 and will be […] ... 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

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

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

Key Aspects to Consider when Purchasing Gloves

There is more to a great nitrile glove than meets the eye. In this article, we have outlined some key aspects of a nitrile glove to assist you with purchasing the right glove for your application. Thickness The thickness of a nitrile glove can contribute to the comfort, dexterity, toughness and elasticity of the glove. […] ... Read More

Building a lab? Why you Should use a Lab Specialist over a Cabinet Maker

If you are considering a new laboratory rebuild or refurbishment, it is important to consider your supply partners. A great partner can make for a great outcome in your new facility. Usually, you will need to choose between a Millwork company or a Lab Fit-out Specialist and choosing between them can often be a difficult […] ... Read More

Plastic Vs Steel Corrosive Cabinets

When you’re faced with the challenge of purchasing a corrosive cabinet, the first question that is likely to spring to your mind is: Do I purchase a plastic cabinet or a metal cabinet? This decision can come down to some very simple factors so rest easy! We’ll help you with your decision and provide you […] ... Read More

8 Steps to Handling a laboratory Chemical Spill

Careful handling, storing and good laboratory practices in the use of laboratory chemicals will significantly reduce the occurrence of spills.  However, despite laboratory best practice, chemical spills are not uncommon.  Luckily, most chemical spills can be safely cleaned up by trained laboratory personnel.  When a chemical spill does occur, it is essential that you are […] ... Read More

4 Attributes that Make a Great 1st and 2nd Year University Laboratory

A 1st and 2nd year laboratory in a university is a large teaching space that can accommodate up to 150 students. When you’re dealing with that many students, it is imperative that you consider layout and resources to ensure an efficient and effective teaching environment. In this article, we look at 4 attributes that assist in creating […] ... Read More

Insights into what inspired Westlab to design and develop the popular square bunsen tubing

  The well-known “Westlab Square Tubing” has been a massive takeover in secondary schools across the world due to the customer centric approach of the Westlab global product development team. In this article we seek to give you a sneak peek into the development of the well-known square Bunsen burner tubing and what inspired our […] ... Read More

How to Effectively Manage the Safety in Your Laboratory

  The importance of a chemical hygiene plan is to ensure the processes, protocols, tools and equipment are available to assist workers guard against the hazards presented in a laboratory. Just like many safety plans, the chemical protection plans need to be continually reviewed and updated for an effective and safe lab. Check out these […] ... Read More

Sparkling Glassware Without the Side Effects

When it comes to your laboratory, superior cleaning power is required that simply cannot be achieved with your standard domestic products. Specialised laboratory decontaminants and cleaners are available to give you excellent performance. These types of cleaning products go far above and beyond the power of standard domestic cleaning products and as you would expect, […] ... Read More

Choosing the Right Fume Hood for Your Laboratory

Selecting a fume hood can seem intimidating. When working in a laboratory environment, whether it be educational or industrial, it’s not only important to have a properly functioning fume hood at your disposal and a lab worker that knows how to use it, it’s crucial to have the right one for your intended use to […] ... Read More

Is Your Lab Asbestos Free?

  In the mid/late 20th Century, asbestos was regarded indispensable to many modern laboratory processes. It is a highly fibrous, soft material which is resistant to heat, corrosion and electricity, and can be woven into other materials, such as fabrics and synthetics. The asbestos used in labs is called transite and surprisingly, is still found in […] ... Read More

The Challenges of Working in a Lab

  Working in the lab is very challenging, read on for tips on how to overcome everyday obstacles. Cross Contamination. Normally this is the outcome of trivial incidents of carelessness or oversight, or conversely, unavoidable mishaps. Nevertheless, without careful attention to the task, it is surprisingly easy to unintentionally combine an alien substance/s with a specimen, […] ... Read More

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