Common Clinical Laboratory Hazards and Waste Disposal

  • Vijay Kumar
  • Kiran Dip Gill


It is very important to protect laboratory worker from hazards. The laboratory hazards fall into three main categories: chemical hazards, biological hazards, and physical hazards. The major chemical hazards in laboratories are the cleaning agents, anesthetic gases, disinfectants, drugs, and solvents. The persons working in laboratory are exposed to chemical hazards during their usage or due to improper storage. Biological hazards involve exposures to infectious samples, animal diseases transmissible to humans, and biological agents used during experimental procedures that include viral vectors, etc. The exposure to physical hazards is associated with research facilities. The laboratory personnel encounter the physical hazards due to accidental spill of corrosive reagent, broken glassware, etc..

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay Kumar
    • 1
  • Kiran Dip Gill
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryMaharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtakIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education & ResearchChandigarhIndia

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