Laboratory Safety Articles

  • Laboratory Containment Trends - The Next Ten Years

    Abstract: Today, we all find ourselves in a reflective mood!  Our business is, after all, containment. Covid 19 and we are therefore at cross-purposes! Many other more general trends in pharmacy and bioscience also cause us now to reflect on our future. Where is the lab containment going in the next ten years? What contemporary extract products have a future?  How will ...

  • How Top Pharma Companies Evaluate Industry Trends and the Human Element in Containment

    ABSTRACT Engineering controls designed to mitigate exposure and create separation between the operator and the toxic material are available in many different forms, all with their own unique advantages and risks.  This article will look into various forms of containment while asking the question, is your liability assured or insured? ASSURANCE VS ...


    By Flow Sciences Inc

  • Modelling over-boring and extension of a tunnel with surrounding excavations - Case Study

    Project Description As part of phase four in the extension of the ANDRA Meuse/Haute-Marne Underground Research Laboratory, a safety niche (called GT1) will be over-bored into a larger section, then extended. The tunnel axis is 16 m from an auxiliary shaft (named PX). Two perpendicular drifts, called GLN and GLE, connect these 2 excavations (Fig 1). Itasca was asked to ...


    By Itasca International, Inc

  • Takeda Pharma GmbH, Germany - Case Study

    “Takeda Pharma GmbH is controlling more than 30000 containers per year. NIR allows to save time without loosing safety.” Customer name Mr. Armin Groh, Laboratory Manager Quality Control Company / Institution Takeda Pharma GmbH, Germany Product lines ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • Laboratory of Pharmaceutical & Food Chemistry, Japan - Case Study

    “This is the very good tool for multi-residue determination in food.” Customer name Eiji Ueno, Ph.D., Chief Scientist (Food Safety) Company / Institution Laboratory of Pharmaceutical & Food Chemistry, Japan Product lines ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • Assisting microwave digestion systems with Automation for Associated sample workup tasks

    Microwave-assisted sample digestion techniques excel in decomposing tough samples completely by raising the temperature of reagents higher than the boiling point. The key to increasing the boiling point of reagents is their entrapment in Teflon® lined close digestion vessels. The usual digestion process starts with the samples being weighed in Teflon® liners and digestion reagents added ...

  • Genevac EZ2 Elite Evaporator and Powder Handling Suite

    Flow Sciences, Inc. was tasked with designing a modular containment unit that would house a Genevac EZ2 Elite Evaporator and allow for transfer of materials post-manipulation into a separate, connected balance enclosure for weighing. The Genevac equipment required a level, sturdy work surface ...


    By Flow Sciences Inc

  • VOC Gas Detectors for Laboratory Environments

    Gas Detectors for Laboratories The development of laboratory safety and cleanroom technology has enabled much higher levels of safety and cleanliness in manufacturing, pharmaceutical and scientific laboratories and including any other environment in which small particles or gases in the air can be detrimental to the process. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and toxic gases still ...


    By Ion Science Ltd.

  • Clean Room Trade News

    Clean Room Panels Market: Drivers and RestraintsCleanrooms usage has increased in almost every type of industry where small particles are likely to affect the manufacturing process. Because of increasing standardization, stringent healthcare regulations, demand for quality product, demand for quality product, growing prevalence of contagious and infectious diseases, many companies are looking to ...

  • ACS Will Hold Free Webinar on Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory

    On May 16, 2019, the American Chemical Society (ACS) will hold a webinar on working safely with nanomaterials in the laboratory.  Chuck Geraci, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will moderate a panel including: ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • New requirements for safe use and storage of liquid nitrogen and dry ice

    The College of American Pathologists ("CAP")recently imposed new requirements to address risks related to the use and storage of liquid nitrogen ("LN2") and dry ice. Background The new requirements come after a deadly incident in 2017, when liquid nitrogen leaked at a Georgia lab that was not accredited through CAP.  Emergency responders were called to the scene when an ...

  • UK Health and Safety Laboratory samples with Axetris mass flow controllers - Case study

    Proficiency testing ensures workplace & consumer safety The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) runs a state-of-the-art atmosphere generation system for recreating polluted atmospheres and accurate loading of standards of hazardous materials such as VOCs. These standards are used for conformity testing by participating laboratories as part of proficiency testing schemes. Axetris' mass ...


    By Axetris AG

  • Lab Gas Price Bulletin November 2018

    A major gas company has increased the gas price for hydrogen and nitrogen gases in North America. This will have a knock-on effect for laboratories who buy nitrogen to supply their instruments. Labs can avoid the gas price increases by replacing their bulk supply with a nitrogen generator. On the 1st of October Air Products increased gas prices for liquid nitrogen, as well as increasing ...

  • Hexavalent Chromium (Hex Chrome) Control During Welding-Protecting Welders

    Welders have the potential to be overexposed to Hexavalent Chromium, also called Hex Chrome, or Chrome 6 during welding especially if its production welding, or full shift welding on stainless steel. Overexposure to Hex Chrome can also occur on many forms of carbon steel since many steel alloys contain chromium. Also, welding rods may also contain chromium that can form into Hexavalent Chromium ...

  • Gas Safety in the Laboratory

    Modern laboratories use a number of gases as part of their daily operations. This blog details two of the most common methods of laboratory gas supply, and their associated safety risks and benefits. A number of gases are used in laboratories to support various applications such as Chromatography (GC and LC-MS) Spectroscopy, ELSD and Sample Preparation, to name just a few. Helium, hydrogen and ...

  • Nitrogen Safety in the Lab

    This blog explains why nitrogen gas generators are the safest way to supply nitrogen to your instrumentation and why they pose no danger, in terms of changing atmospheric levels of nitrogen or oxygen. The biggest danger to lab personnel is a rapid depletion of oxygen levels in the lab. Once the level of oxygen reduces to ...

  • Lab Gas Price Bulletin April 2018

    Helium supply is under pressure and labs are already struggling to secure their usual allocation. Since the Qatar embargo caused a helium supply shortage in June 2017 the U.S Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which controls around 50% of the global helium supply, has been allocating crude helium feedgas to helium refining ...

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Lab Equipment In Tip-Top Shape for 2018

    It’s January, the start of a new year and a time when people traditionally promise to make positive changes. Maybe it’s a commitment to exercising or healthy eating, a vow to save money, or maybe even a pledge to stop smoking. Whatever your resolution might be, most of us are in agreement that this is an excellent time of year to start fresh and engage in new behaviors. So why not ...

  • How to pick a good generator

    Cylinders and Dewar tanks are extremely inconvenient and costly to replace, but they also come with some safety risks. Now, more and more laboratories are beginning to use gas generators to replace those cylinders or their liquid nitrogen, because generators are both safe and convenient. ...

  • Six reasons to get excited about the new LAB-X5000 benchtop XRF

    With handheld devices making it easier to analyse samples on the move, it’s easy to overlook the reliability, flexibility and sheer power of desktop XRF analysers. For 45 years, LAB-X has been a leading name among lab instruments around the world, and the latest in this tried and tested line of products has just been launched. Our XRF expert Matt Kreiner looks at why people are getting ...

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