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Recommended Safety and Emergency Equipment for the Laboratory

The following are checklists for safety and emergency equipment for the laboratory:

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Chemical splash goggles
  • Face shields
  • Lab coat
  • Lab apron
  • Gloves (selected based on the material being handled and the particular hazard involved)

Safety and Emergency Equipment

  • Hand-free eye-wash stations (not eye-wash bottles) that conform to ANSI Z358.1–2004
  • Deluge safety showers that conform to ANSI Z358.1–2004
  • Safety shields with heavy base
  • Fire extinguishers (dry chemical and carbon dioxide extinguishers)
  • Sand bucket
  • Fire blankets
  • Emergency lights
  • Emergency signs and placards
  • Fire detection or alarm system with pull stations
  • First-aid kits
  • Spill control kit (absorbent and neutralizing agents)
  • Chemical storage cabinets (preferably with an explosion proof ventilation system)
  • Gallon-size carrying buckets for chemical bottles
  • Laboratory chemical hood (60–100 ft/minute capture velocity, vented outside)
  • Ground-fault interrupter electrical outlets
  • Container for broken glass and sharps
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  • Emergency Action Plan for the institution

This information is from the School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide created by the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC), Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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