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Safety in the Metallography Lab

MSDS Sheets

  • Every laboratory should have a file of Material Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals used in the laboratory
  • When working with a chemical especially when it is the first time the MSDS sheet should be read and all safety guidelines mentioned should be followed.
  • All employees who use hazardous chemicals on the job have a legal “right to know” about the hazards they may face and the ways they can protect themselves from those hazards. Lab workers also have this right.
  • Industrial applications generally use large quantities of a few chemicals while labs tend to use a wide variety of chemicals, but in small quantities
  • OSHA defines “laboratory scale” operations as those that use containers “designed to be easily and safely manipulated by one person”


The articles and presentations that can be down-loaded from this web site are based upon work done by GFV while employed at Bethlehem Steel (1967-1983), Carpenter Technology (1983-1996), Buehler Ltd. (1996-2009) and Struers (2009-Present) and from the authors consulting work for companies such as, Latrobe Steel, Scot Forge, etc., and from his litigation work. GFV's bylined articles appearing in various issues of the ASM Handbook series have been listed here courtesy of ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio.