Laboratory Technician Health and Safety Hazards
The main health and safety issues for laboratory technicians are:
- Toxic, corrosive, and flammable chemical hazards.
- Exposure to compressed gases.
- Exposure to blood, body fluids, and tissues which may contain infectious agents.
- Needle-stick injuries.
- Fires from flammable materials and electronic equipment.
- Physical hazards such as radioactive materials, ultraviolet light sterilizers and lasers.
- Cryogenic (ultra-cold) materials, e.g., liquid nitrogen and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide).
- Working in awkward positions.
- Standing for long periods of time, creating risks of back and arm injuries.
- Repetitive motion injuries.
- Electrical hazards from electrical equipment and instruments.
- Slips, trips and falls from spilled liquids and congested work areas.
- Cuts and lacerations from broken glass.
- Burns and scalds from hot equipment.