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Safety management practices for laboratories-4

DOI: 10.1016/b978-081551390-2.50006-8
  • Biology
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Publisher Summary This chapter offers generic guidelines applicable to research and quality control/assurance laboratories. The chapter highlights the following subject matter: brief review of the properties of various hazardous materials, best management practices for purchasing, and receiving hazardous materials, various safe methods for storage of hazardous materials, BMPs in handling hazardous materials from the point of receipt through its use, the categories of waste generated in laboratories, BMPs for wastes generated in the laboratories and how they should be managed while onsite, methods for identifying and labelling hazardous wastes generated in the laboratories, storage of waste according to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations, preparation of lab pack, medical (biological) waste management programs. It is the responsibility of the Occupational Safety Professional to devise and implement best management practices (BMPs) to ensure environmentally sound and safe operation of a facility's laboratories. Laboratories, due to their unique and often specialized functions, often pose special challenges in complying with mandated environmental and safety regulations.

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