Nine Lab Safety Measures that Must Be Discussed Before Opening Your Pathlab

Nine Lab Safety Measures that Must Be Discussed Before Opening Your Pathlab

Nine Lab Safety Measures that Must Be Discussed Before Opening Your Pathlab

Are you currently in the process of hiring staff for your new lab facility? Do you want to make sure that everyone is safe and follows proper protocols in the pathology lab?  When you own a pathology lab business, you want to be sure to follow all the right protocols before you launch. This includes safety and proper handling of equipment and samples.  As we work with you to create customized laboratory solutions, we will ensure that your lab is safe and your employees have the proper safety trainings.  These are some of the lab safety measures that must be taken before you open your lab.

Emergency Management

Formulation of plans in case of any emergency is mandatory part of lab safety rules. Moreover, Emergency exits must be defined and well indicated and known to every single soul working inside laboratory to avoid human losses during an untoward incident.  Lab technicians should be trained to remain calm and not to create fuss during such situations.  In this regard, practice drills on regular basis may be undertaken.

Waste Management

Disposal and storage of waste materials produced as a result of a medical process should be taken care of as per environmental standards.  Each lab should carryout proper waste management to avoid any contamination of environment.  

Chemical Safety

Mishandling of chemicals is extremely hazardous and may cause immense damages. Chemical safety includes safe storage of chemicals, knowing hazards of chemicals being used, accounted issuance of chemicals and disposing off chemicals after completion of a clinical process.  


Biosafety mitigates biological risks involved in the laboratory.  This includes general handling, safety precautions, biological waste disposal and PPE.

Radiation Safety

Lab technicians should be able to work with radiation devices.  Knowledge of operating procedure of dosimeter (radiation badge) is considered essential to monitor radiation levels.  Moreover, disposing of radioactive waste is sometimes challenging and involves complex procedures.  Therefore, radiation safety forms critical part of lab safety rules. Rules for working with certain radioactive materials should be clearly defined and lab technicians should have exact knowledge as if when they need to refrain from radioactivity considering any health issue e.g pregnancy etc.

Laser Safety

Laser safety focuses on pathological effects of lasers on the human body and dealing with any such emergency situation.

Compressed Gas Safety

Compressed gases must be handled and used only by trained personnel. Gas manufacturer’s safety data sheets (SDSs) should always be consulted before using compressed gas.

Fume Hood Safety

This includes information on how to safely operate the fume hoods and instructions for controlling inhalation exposures with ventilation.

Personal Protective Equipment

PPE covers information about face/ eye protection, lab coats/ aprons, gloves, foot protection, respiratory protection and how to obtain and use all the essential PPE.

These are just a few of the many safety protocols that will need to be discussed with your employees before you open your pathology lab.  If you are looking for more guidance on opening your lab, contact us to hear more customized laboratory solutions today.

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