When planning practical work, you should perform a risk analysis. The purpose is to avoid harm to people and the environment. In laboratory work, this is especially important as it often involve dangerous chemicals and equipment that may involve a risk to handle.
Prior to programme laboratory components, you may have to conduct a risk analysis. In short, this means that:
- You identify the chemicals, equipment and practical steps that may pose a risk
- You assess which ones are the most critical, in other words which ones are most likely to occur and which ones can have the most serious consequences
- You determine how you can reduce the risk of injury (by using the proper protective equipment etc.).
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