Health and safety should always be a top priority when it comes to running a school and one area that should never be overlooked is lab equipment. Having a good maintenance routine not only prevents damage but ensures that pupils and staff have safe equipment to use every day.
So, what are the best practices you can follow to maintain your school science equipment?
Read on for our top tips.
Keep everything clean
With the number of people using lab equipment through the school day, you must ensure that everything is getting cleaned properly, especially items that are regularly used such as beakers and flasks. Chemicals should be safely rinsed from containers after use and lab technicians should also conduct deep cleans to prevent cross contaminations and build up. When cleaning, you should also use appropriate cleaning methods for each piece of equipment so you don’t cause any unnecessary damage.
Inspect your lab equipment
Good equipment doesn’t come cheap so taking good care of the kit you’ve got is essential. Wear and tear is normal but if your equipment continues to be used when it needs a repair or no longer works, this can be dangerous. Be sure to frequently check everything over so damage can be repaired or replaced. Doing this can save the school money by extending the longevity of equipment and keeping it in good condition so students get quality results during their experiments.
Buy high-quality gear
Maintaining your school science equipment will be a lot easier if you buy good equipment to start out with. Choosing quality over price means your school kit will last longer and lessons aren’t disrupted due to broken equipment. Made from better materials, high-quality gear is better at withstanding daily use so damage will appear less frequently. Remember that everything you purchase for your school needs to be investable and since science lessons are a core subject in school, high-quality tools and equipment are a must. Always buy the best that you can afford and this will be reflected in the condition of your purchases.
Put them away
Making sure that everything is put away in its correct place will reduce damage and accidents. Students can help with this as well as lab technicians and teachers who should check that the lab is tidy and organised correctly before the end of the day. This is a simple step that can make a big difference in maintaining the shelf life of your science lab equipment.
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