Laboratory Hazard Identification

The main goals of laboratory safety is to identify hazards so that risk can be minimized.

Common Hazards in a Chemistry or Biology laboratory or stockroom include:

  • Flammable liquids and solids
  • Toxic and Carcinogenic Compounds
  • Oxidizers
  • Reactive Materials
  • Peroxide formations
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Physical Hazards

In the following pages, all of these types of hazards will be discussed, as well as ways to minimize the risks associated with them.

For chemicals, each departmental area should have a MSDS catalog with information on chemicals in that department. MSDS information can also be found by searching on the internet.

MSDS sheets provide valuable information that will assist you in making decisions on how to best minimize your risk by indicating the hazards of each substance.


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