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Ten Bad Chemicals in the Lab and What They do to You!

Updated about 1 month ago.

#22 — Research often requires you to use dangerous chemicals. From caustic acids and bases to pH solutions and toxic reducing agents, chemical hazards abound in the lab.

In this episode, we'll take a look at ten dangerous chemicals in the lab and the harm they can cause you.

Want to develop your understanding of chemical safety? Why not read the full article, [1] where you'll find lots of helpful resources and further reading? If you fancy a deeper dive into all aspects of lab safety, then check out the Bitesize Bio lab safety eBook. [2]

If you're a bit rusty on your good laboratory practice, definitely read 10 Stupid Lab Safety Mistakes [3] and see how many sins you commit. And finally, we all rely on our PPE for protection and safety. Be sure to take a look at our 10 Common PPE Sins for a quick brush-up. [4]

1. Ten Bad Chemicals in the Lab and What They do to You! Available at:
2. The Bitesize Bio Guide to Lab Safety eBook. Available at:
3. 10 Stupid Lab Safety Mistakes. Available at:
4. 10 Common PPE Sins. Available at: