Guidelines for Laboratories
The “Guidelines for Laboratories“ (DGUV Information 213-851 (previously BGI/GUV-I 850-0(e), BGR/GUV-R 120, ZH 1/119 and GUV 16.17)) have been tried and tested in daily practice for many years. In 2000, the AGS therefore adopted the provisions of these “Guidelines for Laboratories“ into its technical rules and regulations within the framework of the cooperation model in the form of TRGS 526 “Laboratorien“. Updates are the responsibility of the Sachgebiet “Laboratorien“ (Subcommittee “Laboratories“) of the Fachbereich “Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie“ (Expert Committee “Raw materials and chemical industry“) within the DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance), in consultation with the AGS (German Committee for Hazardous Substances).
The DGUV Information 213-851 “Working Safely in Laboratories“ takes into account the current status of laboratory technology, new discoveries from day-today laboratory practice and changes to the regulatory landscape, in particular the amended German ordinance on hazardous substances, the Gefahrstoffverordnung (GefStoffV).
“Working Safely in Laboratories“ was compiled by the Arbeitskreis “Laboratorien“) for more than 60 years.
Working Safely in Laboratories – Basic Principles and Guidelines
"Working Safely in Laboratories – Basic Principles and Guidelines" (DGUV Information 213-851) is a new and updated version of the "Guidelines for Laboratories" (previously BGI/GUV-I 850-0e, BGR 120e) that have been established for decades. The publication incorporates the German health and safety regulations for laboratories updated by the Fachausschuss Chemie (expert committee for the chemical industry).
The "Guidelines for Laboratories" (DGUV Information 213-851) have been tried and tested in daily practice for many years. They were elaborated in the Arbeitskreis Laboratorien (working group on laboratories) of the Fachausschuss Chemie (expert committee for the chemical industry) within the DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance), in consultation with the AGS (German Committee for Hazardous Substances). :: more
Laboratory guidelines also available online
An English version of the eagerly awaited laboratory guidelines ("Working Safely in Laboratories") is now accessible for all users online and free of charge. Instead of simply offering a download as an Adobe Acrobat document, a database solution has been chosen. This ensures that the currently valid version is always provided each time the document is called up, rather than the user having to carefully check the version of various PDF downloads. The user can also find items in the text using a handy search function. Text passages and images can be exported to other documents by highlighting and copying them.
The latest alterations will soon be implemented in the online version. They will be applied in the new print edition.
We do not recommend keeping a printout of the online version, as changes can be made at any time.
Changes in the Guidelines for Laboratories
Here we inform you on changes in the Guidelines for Laboratories, which were made 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the online and in the print version. :: more
As a supplement to the information provided in Section 7 "Inspections" of the laboratory guidelines "Working Safely in Laboratories – Basic Principles and Guidelines" (DGUV Information 213-851), the following gives an overview of the inspections that are routinely carried out in laboratories. :: read on
Increased level of caution when working with trimethylsilyldiazomethane
Danger of pulmonary oedemas
Trimethylsilyldiazomethane is often used to replace the dangerous diazomethane as a reactant. Due to a recent fatality, it should be noted that it is vital to avoid inhalation, as this can lead to the formation of pulmonary oedemas.
Simplified labelling of laboratory containers
The Subcommittee “Laboratories“ of the Expert Committee “Raw materials and chemical industry“ of the DGUV has developed a simplified system for storage bottles in laboratories, taking into account the new labelling system in line with the CLP regulation. :: more
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