Invention and History
The invention of laboratory supplies has taken a great transition from the medieval times to the current century. No doubt therefore, a lot of time and sophistication has been employed to ensure the efficiency of these inventions. History will bring us back to the times when John Ambrose Flemming was stationed in a steam driven lab, but against all odds managed to invent a Radio Tube. Not many successful scientists in this contemporary world would have actually spearheaded invention of such laboratory supplies and thus, it is equally important to recognize the fathers and authors of creativity.
Contribution and Significance
You all have fallen victim of certain illnesses and diseases and have either sought help from medical practioners or taken the risk of administering own treatment. For the purpose of clarity and classification, it would be necessary to have a distinction in the vast application of laboratory supplies. In a clinic you can identify the usage of these appliances in the manifestation of small appliances: syringes, forceps and bandages as well as major appliances: X-Ray machines, CT Scans and physical therapy machines and all these are found in a medical laboratory. For those who have more exposure, you will encounter siphons and pressure pumps in a physics laboratory. Moreover, laboratory supplies also cut across biology and mechanical laboratories. To calculate the contribution and significance, your attention should be directed towards the medical sector, mechanicals, nuclear plants, artificial insemination among others. Almost daily there are diagnosis made on patients, chemistry is applied in manufacturing explosives, you are probably intrigued in the science of chromatography and solvent extraction, chemicals need accurate measurement.
Protection and Safety
Besides the history and contribution the safety of laboratory appliances is a necessity in order to maintain a safe environment. As a laboratory technician, you are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the learners adhere to the safety guidelines. It is not once neither twice an accident has occurred in a laboratory because of negligence, recklessness or mere ignorance. A fire can start, corrosive spillages can happen, one might nurse injuries and your life is put at jeopardy. Some of the safety measures include:
- Installations of fire extinguishers in case of a fire break out
- Wearing goggles, gloves and lab coat when dealing with chemicals
- Proper storage of chemicals
- Laboratory supplies should be used for the designated purpose
- Instructions should be followed as given
Affordability and Efficiency
A biologist walks into a laboratory supplies agent and requests for a light microscope, because he needs to take blood samples needed by the hospital he works for. The same agent is approached by a first time mother who needs a thermometer, because she is worried that her young one might be developing a serious fever. Lastly, a pharmaceutical passes by the store and wants precise supplies for manufacturing drugs. Your assessment of value of these equipments might be just right because you have based your judgment on the technology used. Affordability entirely depends on the technology which has been employed and consequently the objective it is meant to achieve. In that sense, it would be realistic to have a temperature worth five hundred shillings and a light microscope costing fifty thousand shillings. The difference is huge but the two are designated to carry out different functions. There are numerous merits as demerits but the aim of having these equipments is to make life better by solving issues which nature has been unable to tackle.