Frequently Asked Questions About Laboratories

How Do I Clean My Laboratory Equipment?

One of the easiest ways to maintain your laboratory equipment is to keep it clean. However, to our surprise, this is something that many labs’ often overlook. By whiping down all the exteriors of your laboratory equipment each day and ensuring they are getting a proper clean every other week, is enough to keep them in good condition.

When Do I Calibrate My Laboratory Equipment?

It is extremely important to ensure that your lab equipment is regularly calibrated. If you are not doing it often enough, you may find that your data could become compromised due to the lack of accuracy. There are many different services available for calibration, it all depends on the level of maintenance that your specific equipment needs to ensure it is accurate.

When Do I Need To Repair Or Replace My Lab Equipment?

While at times it may be necessary to replace your laboratory equipment that is faulty or is no longer working, you should not jump to this conclusion each time something has broken down or stopped working. Often, your lab equipment can be salvaged by simply replacing certain parts or through other repair work. When you are dealing with bigger parts of equipment, this can be quite an effective way to increase the functional life of machinery in your laboratory. There will be part that wear much faster than others and, if you manage them correctly, they can be replaced as a preventative measure, before causing any problems that could put a stop to work in your laboratory.
Which laboratory and chemical trainings should I take and how frequently?

The trainings that will be required may vary based on which materials you are working with, and all of the courses will require a refresher periodically.

What exactly is a hazardous chemical?

A hazardous chemical is defined as “any chemical which is a health or physical hazard” by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

If I run out of chemical inventory barcodes, how do I go about getting more?

You can order your GT inventory barcodes via the Barcode Request feature on our EHSA. You will need to submit your laboratory’s barcode order via EHSA and they will be delivered straight to your lab.

What is EHSA?

EHSA is the databased that is used to track the chemicals at Georgi.

How often should the eyewash in a lab be checked?

Any eyewash units that are located on sinks need to be checked once a week by your lab personnel. You can have your eyewash units checked annually if they are not located on sinks.

At what operating height does the sash have to be on the fume hood?

Your fume hoods will need to be operated with the sash at 18”. You always need to remember to close the sash when the hood is not in use.

If my glass disposal box is full, who should I contact to pick it up?

Your lab personnel will need to dispose of your glass disposal boxes. When the box is ¾ full, you should tape the glass disposal lid onto the box and then take the glass disposal to the appropriate waste disposal area.

What will I need to take with me to the chemical shipment appointment?

The material which needs to be in a secure and sealed inner container, the container should be secured in secondary containment

    Dry, if needed Your safety information, like an SDS, if needed All of the appropriate completed paperwork

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1. How to work safely with industrial chemicals? It can be extremely dangerous to work with industrial chemicals. In such enviroments you should always have safety measures that you have to follow to ensure that your workplace works with all the hazards in mind. To take better charge of safety when hazardous chemicals are being used you have to provide training to everyone, label everything, lay the workspace out wisely and make safety gear always accessible. 2. What are the important safety tips for any laboratories? All laboratories have hazardous working enviroments, that is why all safety rules should be followed at all times. Minor slip-ups can result in serious outcomes and that it is why you should know all the saftey tips when you are working in a libratory. You should always report incidents immediately, all staff should wear the appropriate gear, keep clear of lab tables and know where the emergency and safety equipment is. 3. Looking to source specialised laboratory equipment? To find out more information about sourcing specialised laboratory equipment for your facility, then why not partner up with a supplier that you can rely on to deliver resources consistently. Be sure to contact Monotoring and Control Laboratories, a supplier of leading laboratory and scientific equipment, for more information.
1. What is the role of research in ocean conservation?
Research and exploration have a highly important role in oceanic conservation. In order to understand the ocean’s ecosystem, we need to research it and observe it. After this process we have to compare our research to the old data to understand what is currently happening with the ocean's ecosystem. By understanding the data we know what approaches to take to correct all negative effects of humanity on the ocean. Research allows us to make accurate predictions about the future of many of the lives within the water. Research also guides us to know how well our conservation efforts are working.
2. Why should we be concerned about ocean conservation?
  • The ocean provides us with food
  • The ocean affects the weather
  • The ocean helps many people to have an income
  • There is still so much more to learn and explore in the ocean
  • The ocean provides drinking water to dry countries
  • The ocean helps control and reduce carbon dioxide

3. How can you protect the ocean?
The ocean is a huge source of life on our planet. It is in danger and more needs to be done to protect it. The first step to properly protect the ocean is through research. If you are looking for new oceanic or other aquatic research tools, be sure to contact Monotoring and Control Laboratories today.