Equipment Safety

Equipment safety is a critical part of the laboratory safety program.

Before purchasing new equipment

  • Verify that the lab has the required utility capacity (e.g. exhaust, electricity, waster, etc.)
  • Equipment is inherently safe and in compliance with US Federal and State regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Contact ROEHS for review and approval of equipment including:
  1. CT scanners
  2. 3D printers
  3. Electron microscopes
  4. Emergency eyewash / safety shower
  5. Fume hoods and ventilated enclosures
  6. Gas chromatographs with electron capture detectors
  7. Gas monitoring equipment
  8. Gas scrubbers
  9. Gas storage cabinets
  10. Respirators (including SCBA)
  11. Static eliminator devices
  12. X-ray producing equipment
  13. Laser cutters
  14. Class 3d or 4 lasers

Before operating new equipment

  • Perform a hazard review
  • Develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Maintain user manual and all other technical documents in a safe place
  • Train all users
  1. Refresher training
  2. Document training records

After operation of new equipment

  1. Make sure manufacturer’s required test, calibration, and maintenance is followed
  2. Re-evaluate the safety program and make adjustments as needed