Safe Lab Set Ups

If you intend on setting up a medical lab, there are some safety measures you should take to ensure no harm comes to you or other people working in the lab. Most are simple changes to workbenches and the safe storage of chemicals. Here are a few things you can do to make your medical lab a safer place to work.

Workbenches for Lab Set Ups

Everyone needs a surface to work on, but there is a difference in what works the best for individual labs. Depending on the work, the height of the workbench is important. For precision work, the workbench should be about four feet tall. For chemical work, the workbench should be about two feet tall, so your body is further removed from the chemical reaction. Any surfaces that may react poorly with the chemicals you are using is also a danger. Choose a chemical resistant surface for the best results.


Arthritis and repetitive motion damages can be common in a lab. Make sure that all the furniture, microscopes, and other medical lab supplies are sitting on a workbench or appropriate height, and in a way that they can be used in a natural method. It is also important to keep all storage drawers and containers above knee level, as many have to be used several times in one lab test. The repetitive motion of crouching and standing all day can cause knee damage.

Safety Equipment

You never know when something will go wrong, so make sure all safety equipment is easily accessible and can be used in the least amount of time possible. Many lab inspectors will look at the time it would take to get to this safety equipment and use it, and if the reaction is too slow, it may need to be moved. Consider storage at head level in a public area in the lab.

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