The following is an example of a risk assessment for vacuum equipment in a laboratory.

Activity

This risk assessment covers the use of vacuum equipment in the laboratory. Vacuum equipment is used for a variety of operations, including preserving specimens and coating processes.

Hazard and Risk

The main hazard with such evacuated jars or vessels is that they may be accidentally fractured and, because of the pressure differential between the inside and outside, this could lead to an implosion, which may result in cuts caused by glass splinters. The risk of such injuries occurring if vacuum vessels are used in an uncontrolled way, under guidance given in BS 8800, is tolerable (unlikely, slightly harmful).

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