Promoting Proper Hygiene Practices in the Lab.

The CEO of a Biotech company was in a hurry to catch a flight after work.  He left his office, stopped by the restroom and washed his hands and then left the building for the airport which was five minutes away.  He arrived at the airport and as he went through the security check a hazardous material was detected on his hands.  After being questioned by airport security it was determined that the CEO had picked up traces of chemicals from a contaminated door handle back at his work place.  Luckily the issue was sorted out quickly and the CEO didn’t miss his flight, but when he came back to work after his trip he created some new policies regarding proper hygiene practices for lab workers as well as new cleaning procedures for the janitorial department.  This scenario is an example of the importance of proper hygiene practices in the lab.

One of our top selling lab safety labels is a very simple label that reads “NO GLOVES ON DOOR HANDLES”.  This label along with a good lab hygiene plan minimizes the risk of contamination and situations like our airport story.  When people are busy at work it is easy for them to forget proper hygiene practices or to justify not using them.  It’s easy to say “I’m just going to another lab where I will need gloves.  So, why take my gloves off before leaving this lab?” Proper training will explain the reason why the gloves cannot touch the door handles and our labels will act as a reminder for people busy at work.

We have a variety of these type of labels that help environmental health and safety specialists to enforce proper hygiene practices such as hand washing, glove disposal, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements, housekeeping practices, etc…  You can find it all on our website under our Lab Safety products category  . Browse our selection and if you don’t see exactly what you need, we will be happy to make a sign or label according to your specifications.


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