The type of apparatus and functions a laboratory carries out will differ depending on the purpose of the laboratory in question. For example, a high school lab dedicated to chemistry and physics will not have as much high-tech equipment as a government-based research lab. However, there are some basic tools that the majority of laboratories will provide.
- Safety is very important when working in a lab because individuals will be handling various chemicals that may cause harm if not used correctly. Most laboratories will have eye goggles in order to protect their eyes from any irritating chemical skills or gases, as well as gloves which will protect the skin from encountering any dangerous substances. In addition, you may notice a sink with a faucet on each end which is used specifically for washing your eyes if you do come into contact with any chemicals.
- Laboratory work usually consists of studying small objects and its intricate details, therefore magnifying glasses are likely to be found as well as microscopes which allow you to inspect even more closely. There are a number of these devices that can range in price depending on the quality and intensity of its function.
- The most common form of measuring equipment found in a lab is cylinders that contain a stabilizing base and small markings indicating various measurements. They are usually used for measuring amounts of liquid substances or irregular objects. Also, a volumenometer may be found in some laboratories, however, it is not a common item. This device measures the volume of irregular objects as well as objects that can experience damage in liquids.