Last Revised: April 23, 2018

Laboratory health and safety risks arise from both the chemical and physical hazards of your work and the work being done by others in the lab.

The following list of Physical Hazards in the laboratory is included in Prudent Practices 4 Evaluating Hazards and Assessing Risks in the Laboratory." National Research Council. 2011. 

Click on the topics to link to related content on the EHRS website.   Contact EHRS if you would like more information about any of the hazards below.

Physical Hazards

Compressed Gases

Non-flammable Cryogens

High-Pressure Reactions

Vacuum Work

UV, Visible, and Near-Infrared Radiation

Radio frequency and Microwave Hazards

Electrical Hazards

Magnetic Fields

Sharp Edges

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Ergonomic Hazards in the Laboratory

Heating Reactions (EHRS Fact Sheet, hazard not included on Prudent Practices' list of Physical Hazards)