Cleaning equipment parts seems like a simple operation without much risk. But, Plant Engineering highlights the hazards of corrosive cleaning solutions. These types of dangerous chemicals top their list of safety hazards to avoid in manufacturing jobs.
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Laboratories store and handle different chemicals in their daily operation. Some are flammable and some are corrosive, while others are completely inert. One key to laboratory safety is keeping using chemical containers that minimize the risk of spills, fires and toxic vapors. Carboy containers provide these functions.
Ever wondered if you can just throw an aerosol can in the trash? The answer is complicated. It’s not the can, but the contents of the can that may cause issues. Many cans used in the workplace contain hazardous materials. Either the product, or the propellant used to spray the product is harmful to the environment. Aerosol disposal must be handled carefully.
Laboratories use high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipment across a spectrum of industries, including pharmaceutical, industrial, forensic and environmental applications. HPLC creates a mixture of a sample with a solvent to analyze the different components present.
In 2006, a North Carolina man snuffed out his cigarette in a bowl of paint thinner, which he mistook for water. It ignited, causing minor injuries and setting the house itself on fire. Unfortunately, the fire spread so quickly that firefighters were unable to save it.
In 2014, a work crew at a Virginia flooring company parked their van in the company warehouse and left for the evening. By 9:12 p.m., disaster struck and fire crews were calling for backup to control the blaze. It took more than an hour to extinguish the fire, which caused damage to multiple vehicles, the warehouse and the company offices. What happened?