The laboratory contains numerous materials that could create or contribute to a fire, including:
- Regular combustibles like, paper, cardboard, and plastics
- Flammable chemicals
- Compressed gases
- Electrical equipment
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fire is the MOST common of the serious hazards that workers face in a typical laboratory. Individuals should remain alert to the potential fire hazards in your workplace and be knowledgeable about methods of fire prevention and containment.