Laboratory Safety Manual

18 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety D Equipment Laboratory equipment, such as centrifuges, glassware, hot plate/stirrers, and incubators are vital parts of any teaching or research laboratory. Selecting and properly maintaining equipment must be part of laboratory procedures. Consider the following when using laboratory equipment: • Operate and maintain equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions. • Handle and store glassware with care and dispose of any damaged glassware by following the Sharps and Glass Disposal Guide. • Ensure that centrifuge rotors are properly balanced. • Ensure vacuum equipment is trapped or filtered and vacuum pumps are correctly ventilated.. • Label equipment appropriately (for example: Do Not Store Volatile Materials in this Box, No Food, Tinted/Filtered Eye Protection Required to Operate this Equipment). • Laboratory equipment must not be used for human food or beverage preparation or storage. Notify Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) prior to purchasing, installing, or disposing of the following laboratory equipment: • biosafety cabinet • fuel burning equipment • fume hood • gas chromatograph with an electron capture device (ECD) • laser (Class 3B or 4) • liquid scintillation counter • nuclear gauge • refrigerator • static eliminator • x-ray and radiation producing devices Additional Resources • Radioactive Materials Safety Manual – Section N, “Radiation Producing Devices and Other Uses of Radioactive Material” • Laser Safety Manual • X-Ray Safety Manual