Working in a scientific or medical laboratory involves many experiments and materials required to complete these experiments. These materials, such as chemical and biological samples, can be dangerous to work with, so it’s important to know the proper safety tips for working with and disposing of them. Here are some examples of the types of hazardous waste that laboratories produce.
As you know from basic lab safety procedures, your laboratory utilizes several materials that are toxic to people working with them and the greater environment once you dispose of them. Chemicals and biological samples are just a couple examples of toxic substances that your laboratory can produce. Protect yourself and your lab technicians by practicing careful handling techniques and responsible hazardous waste disposal techniques. If you’re not careful, hazardous waste could contaminate your laboratory or cause injury.
Flammable substances are another common hazardous byproduct of laboratory experiments. Certain laboratory chemicals and liquids are highly flammable, but solid materials and other substances can also pose fire hazards. Flammable liquids and solids usually have their own disposal containers to avoid contamination and contact with other materials. Make sure you and your lab staff know the proper handling and disposal techniques for working with flammable samples like these.
Laboratories often deal with corrosive substances, like certain chemicals and other experimentation samples. Some materials become corrosive during testing and chemical reactions, so it’s important to handle these materials with caution and dispose of them the right way. Never pour corrosive chemicals and other liquids down the sink or drain. This is harmful for the environment and your plumbing. The proper way to dispose of corrosive lab materials is through a hazardous waste disposal company. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for containment and handling until the hazardous waste officials can take them off your hands.
Now that you’re more familiar with the types of hazardous waste that laboratories produce, you can better prepare with the right disposal materials and company. Keep your laboratory and lab staff safe with the proper hazardous waste disposal practices.