All You Need to Know About the N95 Respirators

The N95 respirator has fast become the face mask of choice for many Healthcare professionals and is widely considered to be the ultimate in protection against infectious aerosols. But what is a N95 respirator and how do we determine the suitability and compliance criteria we need to comply with? The article below helps to summarise […] ... Read More

What is the Difference Between Level 1, 2 and 3 Face Masks?

Choosing the right type of face mask has never been more crucial than now in your purchasing processes in the lab. While face masks may be hard to find, don’t simply go with the cheapest or those available in the largest quantities. Take your time to find one that is the right grade for your […] ... Read More

How to Disinfect

Disinfection is one of the most important processes in ensuring a safe process in today’s medical/health workspace. Here’s a few steps on how to achieve a clean and safe work area.  What to Use  There are several media by which to effectively disinfect you, your PPE or your work surfaces.  Hospital Grade Decontaminant   ... Read More

Tips for Keeping your Lab Sanitised and COVID 19 Free

Clean and sterile laboratory equipment is now paramount in protecting students and staff.  At Westlab we’ve created some lab sanitisation guidelines, taking learnings from Australian lab technicians (Thank you for your input) to minimise the spread of COVID-19, protect health and wellbeing, and keep your practicals on track. The purpose of this document is to […] ... Read More

Hand Sanitisers: What Are the Vital Criteria to Look for When Purchasing Hand Sanitisers

The current Covid-19 global health crisis has alerted us to fact that regular hand washing and use of sanitisers is a critical component in the fight against the spread of viruses and infection. Whilst washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water tops the list for keeping yourself safe through from the Coronovirus outbreak, hand […] ... Read More

9 Key Points to Consider When Buying Face Shields

Buying face shields and PPE amidst COVID-19 is a challenging task as there are many aspects that are important to consider and can be potentially overlooked due to demands and diversity of choice.  In this article, we look at key aspects to ensure you make a good choice while putting the safety of your medical […] ... Read More

Disinfecting and Cleaning Australian Schools to Assist with a Safe Rebound

There are many measures to take to reduce the spread of flu in schools and universities including staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often. More importantly as Australia rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to minimise risk through cleaning and disinfecting your school prior to students coming back. […] ... Read More

10 Ways to Decrease Cost Per Sample in Your Laboratory

There are several ways to reduce the cost per sample in a throughput laboratory. In this article, we examine some of the easier ways to reduce your sample. Investing the time into being smarter and leaner can have great outcomes for your laboratory, giving it a competitive edge to scale into the future. Increase sample […] ... Read More

A Guide to Staff Training in the Laboratory

The Laboratory sector is one of the most technologically advancing markets and lab managers must keep up to date with the latest trends and foster a culture of safety and continuous improvement. Training to keep staff updated on the skills needed to meet these demands is a critical component for any lab organisation. We have […] ... Read More

Open vs Closed Laboratory Design

Open-plan is used to describe any floor plan which uses large, open spaces with few walls and minimal use of small, enclosed rooms. Modern office space designs follow this trend, where there are few walls with movable, modular furnishings resulting in an open, interactive workspace. Since the mid-90s, laboratory design has embraced the open-plan concept. […] ... Read More

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