Data is king in today’s laboratories—whether it is research data or safety data, it must be kept
safe and easily accessible.
Safe, Efficient and…Cost-effective?
OUTLOOK ON LAB SAFETY
In today’s laboratories, there’s an extensive range of safety rules, guidelines and criteria that must be followed. These rules cover
everything from those working in laboratories
and making products, to understanding how the
creation of a product impacts the environment.
So that individuals and companies can show
compliance, any information relating to these
safety rules and procedures needs to be documented and reported on. But with organizations
increasingly trying to do more while cutting
costs, do they risk cutting corners on safety?
Historically, organizations have separated the
recording of the science performed in the lab
from the documenting of safety practices. The
main reason for this is that different groups have
wanted their information in different formats for
downstream processing and reporting. Howev-
er, as laboratories moved to electronic systems
to capture and manage their scientific data,
organizations have started to consider whether
they can also streamline the capture of safety
information. In theory, by ensuring all data is
held in one central system, organizations can
reduce the number of processes that need to
be followed and improve efficiency, all while
Manage your IP centrally
Data management systems, such as ELNs and
LIMS, bring a number of benefits to laboratories
wishing to manage both their scientific and safety
data. Primarily, they ensure an organization’s IP
can be managed from one, central place—meaning
information can be reported on easily, allowing
decisions to be made in a timely manner.