Articles by Lucy Wakeling

Articles by Lucy Wakeling

DWK safety blog - working safely with pressure
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DWK safety blog - working safely with pressure

Working with pressure/vacuum conditions in the lab is common but not all products are designed to withstand this. Products with appropriate geometry and wall thickness are suitable for working safely with pressure. For example, filtering flasks, desiccators, or flat flange vessels, as well as products like the DURAN® pressure plus+ range of bottles. These provide guaranteed vacuum and pressure...
Reducing Spillages
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DWK Safety Blog - Reducing Spillages

Spillages are a common occurrence in the lab and can be a health and safety risk. The spilled contents themselves could be hazardous to those in the laboratory, as well as the spilled liquid being a slip hazard if on the floor which could cause injury. This blog will cover 5 ways of reducing spillages to improve safety in the lab. Image of spilled chemicals 1. DURAN® and KIMBLE® Sili...
Lovibond's new TB 350 Turbidity Meter
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Lovibond's new TB 350 Turbidity Meter

Turbidity is a measurement of suspended particles in water that scatter or absorb light. For example, the more suspended solids there are, the murkier the water will appear and the higher the turbidity is. Turbidity will also depend on the size of the particles, as this will affect the scattering or absorption of light. Lovibond turbidity standards for TB 350 IR Why measure turbidity? ...
Eppendorf Centrifuges and Sustainability
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Eppendorf Centrifuges and Sustainability

In 2023, the 5910Ri and 5427R Eppendorf centrifuges became the first centrifuges worldwide to receive the ACT label. The ACT label resembles a nutrition label, showing how products rate in various sustainability categories. The 5427R centrifuge now uses a hydrocarbon cooling liquid, propane, in place of the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to reduce HFCs environmental impact. This blog covers the cha...
Preventing Cross Contamination
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DWK safety blog - Preventing Cross Contamination

Cross-contamination is a major issue in any lab setting as it can lead to inaccurate results, compromised experiments and even safety risks. Cross-contamination can occur when samples, equipment, or instrumentation are not properly sterilised between uses, and it can be a challenge to prevent it in a busy lab environment. This blog will cover some tips to help avoid cross-contamination of chem...
Inspecting Laboratory Glassware
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DWK Safety Blog - Inspecting Laboratory Glassware

Laboratory glassware is often repeatedly used in the laboratory which can lead to stress and general wear and tear. Inspecting laboratory glassware for any signs of damage can prevent injury. This blog will cover some indications that could suggest that the glassware has been damaged, how to carry out an inspection and how to dispose of damaged lab glassware safely. Pyrex Quickfit Kohlrausc...
Ohaus Guardian Hot Top Safety Features
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Ohaus Guardian Hot Top Safety Features

Ohaus Guardian series of hotplate stirrers consists of the 2000, 3000, 5000 and 7000 series. The uses range from being ideal for educational and laboratory applications, to research, academic and industrial applications. This blog will go over their Hot Top Indicator to help increase safety in the lab. Guardian hotplate stirrers heated over 40oC Hot Top Indicator The Guardian hotplate...
Gastec Smoke Tubes
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Gastec Smoke Tubes - How do they work?

Gastec smoke tubes are used in the field or workplace to visualise airflow behaviour within air ducts, and to detect leaks within fume hoods. The tubes can generate white smoke to provide a visual of the leaks/air flow. The slightest air movements can be seen by eye so that the origin, course and speed can be tracked. Gastec smoke tubes creating white smoke What are smoke tubes? A smo...
Eppendorf Bio-based Tubes
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Eppendorf Bio-based Tubes

Plastic consumables are a common item in laboratories and other industries, which leads to a large amount of plastic waste. It has become more important recently to increase the sustainability of the plastic used in plastic consumables to help reduce and recycle plastic waste. Eppendorf have recently released some bio-based tubes as a more sustainable option to plastic tubes to help combat thi...
Endecotts Sieve Shakers
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Endecotts Sieve Shakers

Endecotts have a wide range of sieve shakers for different laboratory applications. This range starts from the entry level shaker Minor 200 to the Titan 450, for small batch production to floor standing sieve shaker for mass sieving. This blog will cover the shakers and what applications they are best for. Sieve Shaker Titan 450 Minor 200 The Minor 200 is the entry level sieve shaker...
Cole Parmer Rebrand 2022
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Stuart, Jenway, Electrothermal Engineering and Techne rebranded to Cole-Parmer

As of June 2022, Cole-Parmer have undergone a rebrand of some of their brands and equipment in order to be more efficient. The units themselves have remained the same but the design and model numbers have been updated to fit the Cole-Parmer theme. Below is a list of some brands that have been rebranded and an overview of their new model numbers. Cole-Parmer ST-200-C 15L undergrad analogue c...
Camlab Pool Testing Kits
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Camlab Pool Testing Kits

Water testing is important when maintaining a pool or hot tub to make sure the water is safe to be in. The water can end up having too many or too little chemicals in it which can affect the pools hygiene and bacteria levels. The most frequently tested parameters are pH, chlorine (free and total), bromine, alkalinity and calcium hardness. Camlab have created water testing kits for testing thes...
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