Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety - Laboratory Work Practices Scenario
Working in a laboratory can put an employee at risk for coming in contact with biological, chemical, and physical, and electrical hazards. In this video, a laboratory technician heats an unlabeled solution using a hot plate that is connected by a long extension cord to an outlet on the other side of the laboratory. The technician leaves the solution unattended, and another employee happens to trip over the cord, knock over the solution, and burn their hand on the hot plate. What were the circumstances leading to this incident and how could it have been avoided? What are some best practices for maintaining laboratory safety in this situation?