HSE in the laboratory 

Health and Safety in the laboratory provides extensive information and technical support about preventing and controlling chemical or physical hazards. It focuses strongly on health and safety connected to chemicals and incorporates ergonomic conditions that are also important to the organization. Effective HSE work greatly depends on the adequate training of leaders, staff employees and students.

Important points of systematic HSE in the laboratory include:

  • Full clarification of employee responsibility and tasks expected
  • Training for a safe work enviroment and adhereing to all safety regulations
  • Clear and concise descriptions, safety rules and instructions for any activities that invlove hight risk activity – for example, handling hydrofluoric acid
  • Scheduled inspection and maintenance of all laboratory equipment or technical devices. This includes personal safety equipment like gloves, eye protectors and respiratory equipment
  • Full access to up-to-date records of substances and products
  • Full access to all necessary first aid equipment
  • Full review of contingency plans and drills

Overseeing supervisory responsibility- This includes:

  • Ensuring specific guidelines are in place while providing an overview of what chemicals are currently in use
  • Ensuring proper guidelines are in place for the safe handling, storage and disposal of all chemicals
  • Ensure that there is adequate training provided in the handling of all chemicals used on site
  • Ensure that proper contingency plans are in place and adapted to the chemicals that are in use in storage
  • Ensure and fully utilize non-conformance reports to record and learn from unwanted events