E-fact 20: Checklist for the prevention of accidents in laboratories

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English
2007

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This e-fact focuses on safety in chemical and biological laboratories. It outlines EU legislation on laboratory safety, particularly legislation that relates to chemical and biological hazards, and pregnant and young workers. It summarises the types of hazards that laboratory workers can encounter and gives examples of serious laboratory accidents that could have been prevented had proper safety measures been taken. It concludes with a set of checklists to help workers in laboratories assess possible risks, and monitor safety processes. The checklists cover general laboratory safety; information for workers; chemical safety; biological safety; hygiene; emergency procedures; personal protective equipment (PPE); and hazardous waste.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Vědecký výzkum a vývoj
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Cleaning or Disinfecting
Handling Chemicals
Other
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Zoonoses
Other
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Gases
Liquids
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Asthmagens
Asphyxiants
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Reprotoxic substances
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Sharps and cuts
Substance Description: 

Various chemicals used in laboratory work.

Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Managers
OSH consultant
Safety officers
Workers representatives

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