Lab tech working under fume hood

Fume Hood vs BSC: What’s the Difference?

With the world still struggling with COVID-19, it’s important to know about the safety devices in labs. When it comes to laboratory safety, two types of units are absolutely essential. They are fume hoods and biosafety cabinets (BSCs). Both have ventilation systems to keep lab personnel safe. Therefore, it is easy to confuse the two.  … Read more

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When Do You Need Lab Equipment Certification?

Lab equipment certification is an official way to verify that lab equipment is working properly. Obviously, getting accurate results from your lab equipment is of critical importance. However, do you know when you need lab equipment certification? And, how often should your lab have equipment certified? At SEPS, our mission is to support the scientific  … Read more

Biosafety level signs from BSL-1 to BSL-4. Simple flat vector biohazard caution signs used in laboratory. Symbol of hazard caused by biological microorganism, virus or toxin

Biosafety Level 2 Labs: The Basics

In our previous post, we broke down biosafety level (BSL) 1 labs. Biological labs operate under safety ratings, as anyone who works in one of these can attest to. However, what does BSL mean and what are the levels of biosafety? In biological labs, or bio-labs, workers often deal with dangerous substances. In fact, some  … Read more

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8 Steps to Handling Chemical Spills in the Lab

No matter how careful you are in the lab, spills are inevitable. And unfortunately, chemical spills are not uncommon. In fact, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reports that there are an estimated 10,000 chemical spills each year in the United States alone. Unfortunately, some of the worst spills can cause damage to your work or  … Read more

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What is a Cleanroom?

Cleanrooms have many uses. For instance, a manufacturing company whose product is easily affected by air particles. Medical laboratories also need cleanrooms to keep workers safe. Basically, when you need to protect products or human health, you need a cleanroom. At SEPS services, cleanrooms are one of our areas of expertise. For decades, we have  … Read more

Food quality control expert inspecting at meat specimen in the laboratory. Selective focus

Food Testing Labs: The Main Causes of Cross-Contamination

Cross-contamination is one of the most frequent causes of food borne illnesses. From bacteria to chemicals, heavy metals, and allergens, these can cause serious risks to consumer health. Unfortunately, cross-contamination can occur at any point in food production. Therefore, proper food safety requires preventive measures, and food testing against quality standards. When it comes to  … Read more

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The Safety Equipment That Absolutely Every Lab Must Have

Often, lab employees have to work with harmful chemicals, airborne agents, samples, contaminated tools and more. Depending on the industry or work, it’s impossible to find zero safety risks in each facility.  The most common lab injuries are burns, cuts, chemical irritation and inhalation. Therefore, it’s important for staff to introduce safety training topics and  … Read more

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5 Ways to Reinforce Health & Safety Practices In Your Lab 

Do you have concerns about your lab’s overall safety? Are your employees respecting your official protocol and precautions when it comes to potential hazards? Do you keep them up-to-date on the possible safety issues within the lab?  Working in a lab presents a lot of risks that employees need thorough training on to maintain safety  … Read more

Scientists are preparing to carry through the fume hood in the lab of chemistry

Laboratory Fume Hoods: Decommissioning & Disposals

The process of decommissioning and disposing of fume hoods demands expertise and professional insight. Of course, there are a few steps you can take on your own to handle each of them. However, in order to ensure you complete them safely and correctly, you must fully understand the process. Or, you can enlist the help  … Read more

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3 Essential Topics for Lab Safety Training

When any lab hires a new employee, they must receive a lab safety orientation training. Lab safety orientations cover important safety plans and procedures. These include the facility’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Emergency Action Plan, decontamination protocol and Bloodborne Pathogen Biosafety Plan, wherever applicable. Depending on the employee’s work history, they may have experience with several  … Read more