Laboratories can be extremely dangerous places if they are not treated well and with caution. There are many things in a laboratory that can cause accidents which is why scientists and students are often given inductions when they first begin to use the lab. This is extremely important to ensure the users are aware of all the potential hazards so they can avoid an accident but it is also vital so they know what to do in the case of an accident or emergency. Everyone must know exactly where they exits are, where the fire extinguishers are located and what to do in the case of emergency.
- In school laboratories, one of the main causes of accidents comes from people not paying care and attention to what they are doing. They can sometimes be the result of a misunderstanding as students do not understand what they are meant to be doing and carry out an experiment incorrectly. It is vital that students understand how dangerous this environment can be and pay attention to what the teacher tells them.
- Another potential cause of accidents in a school laboratory is the fact that there are so many people in one small space. This can lead to accidents as people bump one another and do not have enough room to carry out the intended work. It can also mean that bags and coats can get in the way and can potentially trip people up so it is important to put everything away.
- Other common causes of accidents come from spillages of toxic chemicals or even spillages onto the floor of anything as harmless as water. While this will not harm a person, it can cause them to slip.
- Bunsen burners are also extremely dangerous and often lead to accidents including nasty burns.