Chemical Hygiene in Lab Areas

January 2019

Hazards: Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals

Lab personnel should follow good hygiene practices in the lab area. This will prevent potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Some simple practices include:

  • Do not touch door handles, phones, or computer equipment while wearing chemical gloves.
  • Do not touch face or other exposed skin while wearing chemical gloves.
  • Do not store or wear lab coats in non-laboratory areas such as offices and cubicle areas.
  • Do not store hazardous chemicals or samples in non-laboratory areas such as offices and cubicles. When requisitioning chemicals, have them delivered directly to your lab area.
  • Immediately wipe up drips and spills of chemicals on counter tops and hood surfaces.
  • Storage and consumption of food and drinks are not allowed in designated technical areas. 
  • After handling chemicals, always wash your hands with soap and water.

For further information on chemical work practices, go to the LBNL Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan: https://www2.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/CH45/CH45_7.html#_Work_Process_J.

If you have any questions regarding chemical issues in your work area, please contact the ETA Safety Manager, Ron Scholtz at X8137.