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3 Steps to Follow in Taking Care of Your Laboratory Wares

3 Steps to Follow in Taking Care of Your Laboratory Wares

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The laboratory supply in your school or lab may not come in very cheaply. These apparatuses and equipment must be taken care of and be handled with utmost care during usage. Here are a few steps to follow to make sure your laboratory supply will last longer.

1. Refurbish

Before getting into business, your equipment should be disassembled, if needed, and thoroughly cleaned. The most essential step to make sure that a lab equipment is free of contaminants is to wash any item whether before or after the beginning of an experiment, with deionized water. Tap water clings to the side of glassware will likely be acidic and introduce error into later calculations in the experiment or test. Lab instruments that have been washed and rinsed should be carefully dried using a cotton cloth that will not leave particles of cloth.

2. Maintain

Science laboratory equipment is broken all too often. While some equipment has to be completely replaced, in many instances, you may be able to continue working with some lab equipment with a few simple repairs.

  • Replace Replace glassware that has developed hidden cracks as this is prone to breaking when filled with an acidic or hot solution during a test or an experiment and this might lead to dangerous compounds to splash onto exposed skin. Breakage may also happen while running cracked test tubes in a centrifuge; this may contaminate other specimen.
  • Repair We don’t buy a new car if it just has a faulty break; the same works for your lab equipment. All we have to do is get the parts replaced when needed. This is the best way to increase the life of laboratory equipment.
  • First Aid If faulty lab equipment breaks and its acidic contents are exposed to skin, they can cause serious burns. It is most crucial to keep handy a first aid kit with medical supply that can help with burns. Apply first aid and rush to the nearest hospital to keep out of harm’s way.

Good preventive maintenance is needed in a laboratory. Equipment, such as centrifuges, need to be maintained in great conditions. Failure to do so could be hazardous to lab technicians and ruin the results of any lab work or test used with that equipment.

3. Store

After usage and cleanup, all medical supply, glassware and lab instruments should be returned in their respective closed cabinets. Handle them using firm but gentle grips, rinse them and return them to their proper place deliberately. Science laboratory equipment improperly cleaned or stored can are contaminated with chemicals that will undergo unwanted side reactions. Reusable diagnostic supply should also be cleaned thoroughly from its last testing.

Follow laboratory rules and take care of your laboratory, medical and diagnostic supply to prolong the life of your equipment. Being an efficient medical practitioner can go a long way in obtaining great lab results with lesser error.

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