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What is EN ISO 14460:2012 ?

EN ISO 14460:2012 is a crucial standard for ensuring the safety of laboratory personnel. The standard outlines specific guidelines for the proper handling of hazardous substances within laboratories. It provides detailed instructions on the design, installation, and use of various types of laboratory enclosures such as fume cupboards and vented storage cabinets.

The standard is designed to prevent the release of potentially harmful substances into the working environment, thereby ensuring the safety of laboratory personnel. It provides specific requirements for the design, construction, and operation of laboratory furniture to control and ventilate hazardous substances.

In addition to the design and construction requirements, the standard also provides guidelines for the safe handling of hazardous substances. It recommends the use of personal protective equipment, such as lab coats, gloves, and safety glasses, to protect against the accidental release of hazardous substances.

The standard also emphasizes the importance of regular maintenance and cleaning of laboratory furniture to ensure its continued effectiveness in controlling and ventilating hazardous substances. It also recommends regular inspections of the enclosures to ensure compliance with the standard.

To ensure compliance with EN ISO 14460:2012, laboratory furniture must be designed, constructed, and tested to meet the specific requirements outlined in the standard. This includes the use of appropriate materials, the provision of necessary ventilation, and the proper handling and storage of hazardous substances.

In conclusion, EN ISO 14460:2012 is an essential standard for ensuring the safety of laboratory personnel. By following the guidelines for clarity, consistency, and regular maintenance, laboratory furniture can be designed, constructed, and operated in a safe and effective manner.

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