University Labs Using Outdated Chemical Transfer Methods May Put Students at Risk; GoatThroat Pumps Offer Simple and Cost-Effective Solutions
MILFORD, Conn., Sept. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- College enrollment in STEM programs continues to rise. According to the National Science Foundation, in 2016, nearly half of all college freshman (45 percent) indicated they planned to major in a Science and Engineering field, up from 33 percent in 2000, with the majority of the increase in biological and agricultural sciences, and in engineering. That means more students every year are spending significant time in college and university laboratories, conducting tests and handling chemicals. However, some college and university laboratories are still relying on antiquated methods when teaching students how to properly handle those chemicals.
The Risks of Using Outdated Methods
Risks in a laboratory can also exist when the chemical may not even be in use. Large containers stored on their sides can be hazardous as they are more prone to slow leaks, which can happen without anyone taking notice.
Federal, State and Local Safety Regulations
The CDC also has a laboratory safety guide specifically for schools, which includes rules for both instructors and students, proper handling and storage of chemicals, and strategies to reduce the amount of waste in a laboratory. Generally practiced safety rules also include wearing proper laboratory clothing, such as aprons, safety glasses, and gloves when handling chemicals, and using the proper equipment when mixing and transferring chemicals.
Best Practices for University Labs
Laboratory Safety Solution: Transfer Chemicals with GoatThroat Pumps
The off-the-shelf pumps are easy and intuitive to use in a college lab setting. Functioning like a beer tap for chemicals, the design of the pumps ensures students and lab workers are able to maintain absolute control when managing, storing and decanting chemicals. Using a GoatThroat pump to transfer chemicals from drums is efficient and adds more precision to a lab environment and reduces unnecessary exposure to the liquids. In fact, one New England University had the entire chemistry building evacuated three times in a month due to a graduate student over pouring acetone from a 5-gallon container onto the floor. After installing GoatThroat pumps, that problem never occurred again.
GoatThroat pumps are safe for use with more than 1,700 liquids, including the most expensive chemicals used in university labs. Additionally, GoatThroat Pumps last for more than 10 years, so laboratories not only save by not wasting chemicals, but the amount of small plastic containers is dramatically reduced from ending up in landfills. This helps the universities meet their sustainability goals.
For more than two decades, GoatThroat Pumps has provided a simple cost effective solution to keeping college laboratories, students and teachers safe – so the focus remains on educating the future generation of inventors and innovators.
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