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16.1.2 Safe Use of Electrophoresis Equipment

Electrophoresis units present several possible hazards including electrical, chemical, and radiological hazards. All of these hazards need to be addressed before using the units. EHS has prepared these guidelines to assist researchers in safely operating electrophoresis units.

  • Hazards associated with particular machines. 
  • How the safeguards provide protection and the hazards for which they are intended. 
  • How and why to use the safeguards. 
  • How and when safeguards can be removed and by whom. 
  • What to do if a safeguard is damaged, missing, or unable to provide adequate protection.
  • Hazards to machine operators that can't be designed around must be shielded to protect the operator from injury or death. Guards, decals and labels which identify the danger must be kept in place whenever the machine is operated. Guards or shields removed for maintenance must be properly replaced before use. Moving parts present the greatest hazard because of the swiftness of their action and unforgiving and relentless motion