I work in a laboratory

Chemical spills and cleaning

Most laboratory technicians store and handle hazardous materials which are flammable, reactive when in contact with air or water, corrosive or very toxic. There are two main challenges to reduce laboratory accidents: Develop accidental spill management on the one hand, and on the other hand cleaning of the equipment/material for the next use.

However, the variety of chemical hazards often leads to the multiplication of equipment to attend all these various hazards. The response to the spill depends on the:
- Chemical hazard, irritant, corrosive, reactive with water and air, explosive, oxidizing, flammable.
- Toxic fumes that may be inhaled or cause irritation.
- Damage to material, equipment, or building..
- Discharges into the sewer system.
- Materials and other equipment in laboratories should always be cleaned after each use. The surfaces must be decontaminated and rinsed/washed to avoid additional hazards.

Decontamination of equipment

Materials and other equipment in laboratories should always be cleaned after each use. The surfaces should be decontaminated and rinsed/washed to avoid additional hazards.