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Working in a lab

Working in a laboratory is different from working in an office. Some of the rules that apply when working in or around a laboratory are given below.

You will find the information under your Faculty tab.

When you start working in a laboratory, you have to take notice of several requirements beforehand. This is not only about the materials you are going to use, but also legislation and internal regulations. The latter is what we call the "framework". The section "laboratory general" describes all preparative actions you have to take and all background information you need before you can start experiments, like doing a risk assessment and thinking about the necessity of permits or selection of the right type of safety gear. Whereas the section "Working safely with" is about the actual risks and how you can deal with those in your laboratory. In the table below, you can see which information is availabe.

Laboratory general

Title infosheet

Summary PDF number

Research risk assessment

Practical guidelines for the performance of a risk assessment in the design phase/before the start of research. Download RhL010

Task Risk Analysis

The Task Risk analysis is a tool for assessing risks. Download Task Risk Analysis

Safety equipment

  • RhL020: Safety equipment
  • RhL020a: Glove information for users
  • RhL020b: Ordering gloves
  • RhL020c: Glove information for managers and supervisors
Download RhL020
Download RhL020a
Download RhL020b
Download RhL020c

Laboratory classification

About classified laboratories and corresponding rules and permits for the  layout / furnishing of labs and the performance of activities. Download RhL021

Ventilation and exhaustion

About different types of ventilation, their correct use and adequate selection. Download RhL022

The fumehood

About correct operation and use of fumehoods. Download RhL023

RSI and ergonomics in the lab

About prevention of RSI/CANS with repetitive lab activities (pipetting, microscopy). Download RhL030

OSH when purchasing

Regulations you should be aware of when purchasing equipment. Balance safe use and costs. Download RhL040

Transportation and shipment of research material

Over regels en (import)vergunningen bij vervoer van chemicaliën en biologisch onderzoeksmateriaal, zowel intern als , of verzenden naar/ontvangen van elders. Download RhL050

Certification, maintenance and repairs

Which equipment needs to be checked and/or serviced regularly and who is allowed to do that? Not available yet

Relocation and room modifications

Relocations and modifications to or in the room may influence safety and health in a positive or negative way. The Management-of-chance procedure should be carried out before the change. Download RhL070

Third party activities in the lab

What to do when maintenance personnel or other "outsiders" enter your (classified) laboratory to start their activities? Is that safe and allowed? Download RhL080

Waste collection guide

Description of the various chemical/biological/general waste streams within the Fcaulty of Science, written by Facility Management.

Download RhL090

Chemicals registration (GROS)

Short description to start working with GROS. Download RhL100

Pregnancy and work

About additional measures when pregnant and working in a lab. With risk checklist and background information. About rights and obligations for pregnant woman and their supervisors. See webpage on pregnancy

Working safely with ...

The risks that are present in the laboratories or other locations and the measures that should be taken to reduce those risks are described in the following sets of health & safety infosheets.



Contains background information about hazard symbols, H&P statements, MSDS, limit values and general precautions for the use of chemicals. Download VOM011

CMR substances

Special precautions when working with carcinogens, mutagens and reproduction toxic (CMR) substances. Download VOM012

Storage of hazardous substances

Rules on chemicals storage from the Health and Safety at Work Act and the PGS-15 translated for users in a laboratory environment. Download VOM014

HF and other fluorides

HF can lead to very severe injuries, even death. A safe working procdure for HF is described and the contents of the anti-HF-kit are discussed. Download VOM015


Describes the current Faculty's procedure for handling nanomaterials and the specialists' method to assess the risk of the used nanomaterials. Download VOM050
Gasses and cryogenic substances


Information about the safe use of gasses. Download VOM021

Storage of  gasses

Rules on storage of gasses from the Health and Safety at Work Act and the PGS-15 translated for users in a laboratory environment. Not available yet

Cryogenic substances

About risks and measures when working with cryogenic substances. See also the website of the cryogenic department. Not available yet
Biological material

Biological material

What is biological material and how can I work safely with it? Includes general background information and legislation. See also the university's webpage on biological material. Coming soon

GMO work organisation

Describes roles and responsibilities of all participants in the GMO organisation. Download VOM033a


About the effectivity and suitability of various dvan de verschillende disinfection methods. Coming soon
Radiation, lasers and magnets

Ionising radiation

Rules, risks and measures when working with radio active isotopes and radiation equipment. About X-ray and gamma radiation. Not available yet


Rules, risks and measures when working with lasers. The laser safety organisation and all university's rules are described in the Handbook Laser Safety. Not available yet


Rules, risks and measures when working with magnets. Not available yet

Other types of radiation

About UV, IR, microwave, radio frequent radiation etc. See also the Dutch brochure Elektromagnetische velden in arbeidssituaties. Not available yet
Other topics


Rules, risks and measures when working in the field by biologists or environmentalists. Coming soon


Rules, risks and measures when working with en onderhoud van elektrische apparatuur Coming soon


About harmful and objectionable noise at work, and measures to protect your hearing. Download VOM080

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