The following is an example of a risk assessment for glassware used in the laboratory.

Activity

This risk assessment covers the use and storage of glassware in the laboratory. Glassware has a wide range of uses, including beakers, pipettes, vacuum equipment, etc.

Hazard and Risk

The risks associated with the use of glassware arise almost entirely from risk of breakage.

Handling

If there are no control measures for handling glassware, the risk ratings under guidance given in BS 8800 are:

  • moving glassware about the laboratory: moderate risk (unlikely, harmful)

  • assembling preparative or analytical glassware: moderate risk (unlikely, harmful).

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