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A lab tech is a person who performs the practical hands-on work in laboratories. Lab techs work in diverse settings which include health care, industry, research, and educational institutions. Lab techs may work in a wide variety of fields such as medicine, biology, chemistry, electronics, geology and the environment. In this document, it is assumed that a lab tech works predominately indoors in a traditional laboratory setting.
The main duties of a lab tech normally include:
Laboratory technicians work in a variety of settings. Some settings, such as hospitals, chemical production, mining, and pharmaceuticals may contain many specific hazards which lab techs must be aware of.
The main health and safety issues for laboratory technicians included: