This risk assessment covers the use of refrigerators, freezers and walk-in refrigeration equipment in the laboratory. Refrigerators and freezers are used for storing microbiological specimens and certain chemicals. Walk-in refrigeration is available for specific experiments.

Hazard and Risk

One of the most common hazards associated with the use of refrigerators is explosion. Explosion may result from ignition of flammable vapours by sparks generated by the electrical components. If a domestic refrigerator is used for the storage of volatile substances such as diethyl ether, the risk of explosion as defined under BS 8800 is intolerable (likely, extremely harmful).

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