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Recommended Safety and Emergency Equipment for the Laboratory

Use these checklists for safety and emergency equipment for the laboratory. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Need help deciding which safety equipment is right for your class? Use this guide for PPE.

Safety and Emergency Equipment

  • Hands-free eyewash stations (not eyewash bottles) that conform to the ANSI Z358.1–2014 standard
  • Deluge safety showers that conform to the ANSI Z358.1–2014 standard
  • Safety shields with heavy base
  • Fire extinguishers (dry chemical and carbon dioxide extinguishers)
  • Sand bucket
  • Fire blankets
  • Emergency lights
  • Emergency signs and placards
  • Fire detection or alarm system with pull stations
  • First aid kits
  • Spill control kit (absorbent and neutralizing agents) Acids and Bases
  • Chemical storage cabinets (preferably with an explosion proof ventilation system)
  • Gallon-size carrying buckets for chemical bottles
  • Laboratory chemical hood (60–100 ft/minute capture velocity, vented outside)
  • Ground-fault interrupter electrical outlets
  • Disposal box for broken glass and other sharps
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDSs/MSDSs)
  • Emergency Action Plan for the institution

This information is from the School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide created by the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC), Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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