Laboratory Safety Equipment

A wide range of industries utilize laboratory facilities for a variety of activities, including research and development, product testing, and medical manufacturing. Even though the size and layout of these laboratory facilities may vary, they still tend to share the same basic areas such as storage areas, loading docks, and research rooms.

Safety equipment for a laboratory facility is designed to protect employees in every area of the facility—not just areas where chemicals or dangerous substances are handled. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), roughly 10% of all injuries sustained by registered nurses in 2016 resulted from contact with objects or equipment. In order to protect personnel and assets from being damaged in your facility, it is important to use proper safety equipment in all areas.

Eagle is the industry leader in workplace safety equipment. We provide facilities all over the world with the products they need to comply with regulatory requirements and protect personnel from harm. To help you find the equipment that is right for your laboratory facility, here is an overview of the various areas of a typical laboratory or research facility and an outline of the equipment that will provide maximum safety for those areas.

Chemical Storage Area

The storage area of a laboratory facility is often used to house a variety of materials used for research and manufacturing, including chemicals, personal protective equipment, and potentially hazardous materials. If these materials are handled improperly or if the storage area lacks proper safety equipment, personnel could sustain injuries while retrieving supplies.

Plastic lab pack drums are chemically resistant containers that can be used to safely transport bottles, cans, carboys and non-leaking hazardous materials. The lever-lock lid design of these drums makes them ideal for storing, transportation, spill containment, or biowaste disposal. Additionally, chemical safety cabinets from Eagle are designed to safely house dangerous or corrosive substances in compliance with regulatory standards.

WorkStation/Benchtop Area

When using potentially harmful chemicals or hazardous substances in laboratory workstations or research areas, it is important to utilize containers that are designed to contain corrosive substances. Safety cans from Eagle—including Type I and II safety cans, disposal cans, and faucet cans—are designed to safely house dangerous substances and prevent leaks and spills from harming personnel or assets.

For proper waste disposal in lab areas, plastic biohazard containers are ideal. Biohazard containers feature a linear low-density polyethylene construction that is flexible and sheer resistant. The internationally recognized biohazard labels will alert personnel to dangerous contents.

Industrial waste container carts can be kept in laboratory and research areas in order to collect and transport waste. These carts are designed for immediate and reliable transportation of dangerous substances to incineration or disposal. The durable high-density polyethylene construction of these carts will not rust or dent, and the ergonomically designed handles offer maximum maneuverability. 

Quality Control Areas

The quality control area of a laboratory or research facility is where products are tested and approved for commercial use or retail. For these areas, plastic spill pallets or spill containment platforms that are designed to safely contain chemicals and prevent leaks and spills are ideal.

Spill containment berms that can provide temporary storage for drums, machine parts, and small equipment are also suitable for quality control areas. Berms from Eagle feature a durable woven fabric construction that is resistant to chemicals and corrosion, and the walls of these berms also incorporate a drive-over design for easier loading and unloading.

Loading Dock Area

The loading or receiving area of a laboratory facility is where materials and equipment are loaded or unloaded. These areas are often busy with trucks, forklifts and personnel and can be potentially dangerous without the proper safety equipment.

Material handling equipment is designed to protect workers as they handle heavy equipment in loading docks or warehouses. Bollard posts and machine guards can be implemented to segregate walking zones or machinery from forklift paths. For protecting structures from collision damage, wall and corner guards are ideal. Wall, rack and corner guards feature a high-visibility polyethylene construction that will provide an early warning for personnel and protection in the event of an impact.

Traffic safety equipment is designed to protect pedestrians and motorists in parking garages, warehouses and parking lots. Traffic delineators can be deployed in these areas to segregate pedestrian walking zones and prevent potential collisions. To protect structures or vehicles from being damaged, clearance bars can be used to provide an early warning for motorists.

Parking stops from Eagle feature a rugged high-density polyethylene design that eliminates the need for seasonal painting or maintenance. Parking stops are available in high-visibility yellow, blue for handicapped areas, gray, and black. Parking stops also come with anchor kits for easy installation.

Find the Safety Equipment that is Right for You 

Eagle is the industry leader in workplace safety equipment. We supply facilities all over the world with the products they need to keep personnel and assets protected. Eagle’s line of material handling equipment, parking lot safety equipment, chemical storage cabinets, and safety cans are designed for a variety of applications, including commercial, industrial, or public facilities. Take a look at our product inventory and find the equipment that is right for you.