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Laboratory Safety Guidelines


Safety is of the utmost importance in the clinical laboratory. Following safety procedures will help ensure the safety of workers in the lab as well as the accuracy of the tests conducted in the lab. This section discusses general laboratory safety, personal protective equipment, and proper waste disposal.


These objectives will help you focus on expected learning outcomes. After you complete this section, you should be able to:


  • Explain why laboratory safety procedures are important.
  • Describe general laboratory biosafety procedures.
  • Identify the personal protective equipment used in the laboratory.
  • Describe the types of laboratory waste and procedures for waste disposal.

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