The Importance of Accurate Labelling In Laboratories

With the critical role labels provide in a lab environment, proper labelling of samples is essential. The labelling scheme should be as simple as possible, consistent with the study objectives, and must take due account of the size of containers and how the specimens will be handled, transferred, and stored. In most cases, computer-generated, self-adhesive, pre-printed labels, with the individual identification or code numbers duplicated on data sheets, can speed processing.

Be sure the label has the correct patient name, patient information, contents, and specimen source. Avoid handwritten labels, since legibility is essential, and misinterpreting handwriting can greatly impact patient safety. At the end of a long period of trials and data collection, to lose the culmination of months of labour due to incorrect labelling is devasting. That is why labelling is critical at every step of the process.

One of the other most important reasons to practice proper labelling in your laboratory is for safety purposes. Your lab may contain potentially dangerous chemicals and other substances. If you do not store and label these materials properly, there is a chance that your employees could misuse them accidentally.

Laboratory labels are specially developed labels with very specific adhesive properties. The labels used must be durable enough to withstand a multitude of environments, ranging from high temperatures to below freezing for indefinite periods, and only high-quality labels will be able to handle these extremes.

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