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Guidelines for Laboratories

The “Guidelines for Laboratories“ (BGI/GUV-I 850-0(e), previously 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 BGI/GUV-I “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" (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.

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).

In 2000 parts of the guidelines have been adopted into state legislation by the AGS as technical rules and regulations in the form of TRGS 526 "Laboratorien". Updates are in the responsibility of the Arbeitskreis Laboratorien.

DGUV Information 213-851 takes into account the current status of laboratory technology, new discoveries from day-to-day laboratory practice and changes to the regulatory landscape, in particular the amended German ordinance on hazardous substances, the Gefahrstoffverordnung (GefStoffV). DGUV Information 213-851 is aimed at constructors and operators of laboratories. Laboratory personnel and guest-scientists can inform themselves in English about the German standards on health and safety practices in laboratories. In addition it is a useful reference book of the German regulations on safety and health in case of an audit with English-speaking auditors.

The draft of the updated laboratory guidelines was presented to the members of the Fachausschuss Chemie and especially to the concerned chemical industry for comments. The working group discussed the comments received and the result was considered in consultation with the DGUV’s health and safety department. The document thus represents a consensus of expert opinion and describes the generally accepted state of the art.

The Guidelines are available via bookselling under ISBN 978-3-86825-139-5 or can be ordered directly from the media shop of BG RCI, Heidelberg, Germany.

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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.

Online access to the Laboratory guidelines is offered here


Changes in the Guidelines for Laboratories

Here we inform you on changes in the Guidelines for Laboratories, which were made 2015 and 2014 in the online version and 2013 in the print version. :: more


Inspections in the laboratory

The following table contains the German Social Accident Insurance Institution's recommendations for the frequency of periodic inspections of equipment in laboratories as well as the basic principles of the applicable rules and standards and further information on the scope of the inspection.

These can be downloaded here:

Supplement to section 7 "Inspections" of the Laboratory Guidelines


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 Sachgebiet “Laboratorien“ of the Fachbereich “Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie“ 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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