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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.