Rose Valerie P. Manalo 10 Basic Laboratory Safety Roles 1. Make sure you are wearing proper laboratory attire or personal protective equipment in a laboratory. 2. All chemicals should be avoided coming into touch with your skin or eyes. 3. Know where the safety showers, eyewash stations, and fire extinguishers are in the lab. The safety equipment may be found at the laboratory entrance in the corridor. 4. Pipetting or beginning a siphon should not be done with oral suction. 5. No eating/drinking inside the lab. Relevance and Consequences It is essential to dress appropriately while entering the laboratory. Wearing personal protection equipment, such as a laboratory gown, goggles, mask, and gloves, is important to protect yourself from potential risks and accidents in the laboratory.Injury risk is considerably increased by poor PPE compliance. The list goes on and on: burns, cuts, punctures, electrocution, and slides. It is critical to proceed with caution when handling chemicals in the laboratory. Assume that all unknown toxicity substances are extremely toxic.This is a general rule when working with chemicals.If chemicals are handled incorrectly, they may come into contact with your skin and eyes causing little to permanent damage, A medical laboratory scientist must be familiar with the locations and proper usage of fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, and safety showers. Because this could save his or her life if he or she is involved in an accident in a laboratory.If a medical technologist has no knowledge about the proper emergency response procedures he/she might not save his/her self when caught up in an accident inside the laboratory. A chemical should never be tasted, touched, or smelled. When working with chemicals in a laboratory, this is a crucial precaution to take. When smelling and tasting chemicals, a medical technologist risk causing damage to mucous membranes/lungs or injury to health. There is no eating or drinking allowed 6.Label the chemicals and specimens appropriately. 7.Keep a clean workspace. 8. Use equipment only for its intended purpose. 9.When adding acid to water, combine the reagents in the right order. 10 Laboratory coats should not be kept in offices or break rooms since they can transfer contamination to other places. within the lab. If any chemicals come into contact with your food or drink, a medical technologist may become ill. All containers must be labeled properly. Hazardous chemical labels Identify potential hazards and provide information on how to safely use them.Chemicals and specimens that aren't labeled should never be utilized. If a medical technologist mislabel or did not label specimens/chemicals properly, it is possible to have significant accidents. It is important for medical technologist to keep his/her workspace clean. .It can assist in avoiding inaccuracies in results.It's possible that results will be harmed if laboratory isn't clean. Incorrectly cleaned glassware can lead to inaccurate measurements, which can lead to inaccurate results. These mistakes could lead to a waste of money or possibly erroneous positive or negative results.Unclean laboratory can be dangerous as there are a lot of hazardous chemicals and possibly infectious bacteria that can harm the medical technologist. It is essential to use laboratory equipments for its designated purpose only. To run or operate laboratory instruments, a medical technologist must have the necessary knowledge. If they aren't used properly for its true purpose, they can cause problems. Safe handling is the best way to prevent accidents in the laboratory. As a medical technologist, It is important to remember to always mix acid with water rather than vice versa. If not, the acid will spray and splash causing accidents inside the laboratory. For safety and convenience, lab coats should be provided. In the lab, they must be worn at all times. Lab coats should not be worn in the lunchroom or anywhere else outside the laboratory due to the possibility of chemical absorption and accumulation in the material.