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Laboratory Safety New App Optimises Laboratory Safety

Editor: Dipl.-Chem. Marc Platthaus

Always have full information on the operating status of the hazardous material cabinet. This is possible with a new app which provides information not only on the temperature or the function of the exhaust air system, but also whether the hazardous material cabinet door is closed properly.

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Fig.1: A safe view of the hazardous substances: Storage can be monitored with the aid of an app or a PC.
Fig.1: A safe view of the hazardous substances: Storage can be monitored with the aid of an app or a PC.
(Source: Düperthal)

Simply click on the app store and download one of the mobile applications — anyone who travels frequently with a tablet or smartphone knows: These handy little helpers are essential for efficient digital networking, and no one can do without them. This is now also true for hazardous substance management in the laboratory.

Digital transformation for hazardous substances

With up-to-date data and intelligent networking, the hazardous material cabinet becomes part of the company’s value chain, and for Düperthal the central element of their vision about hazardous substance management 4.0. Because of their complex functionality, modern safety storage cabinets are a storage location and workplace at the same time. Preventive working safety and process reliability are extremely important. With Smart Control and the right selection of sensors (e.g., for temperature, fill level or ventilation monitoring), processes can be optimised efficiently and the degree of prevention adapted to individual requirements. For example, users can decide whether they want to store their hazardous substances actively or passively.

Since the hazardous substance specialist presented the Cabi2Net, safety storage cabinets can be connected to each other in the network, enabling workflows to be controlled. Process reliability is the key concept. Today’s operators are not only responsible for the safety of users and activities throughout the internal process chain; they must also document this and prepare it for further processing using digital devices such as a PC or tablet. With Cabi2Net, for example, access to the hazardous material cabinets can be restricted so that only trained employees can gain access to the contents of the cabinet.

This creates an ideal basis for quality assurance in production processes and a guarantee of product quality as part of GLP (good laboratory practice) or GMP (good manufacturing practice).

Networking all the way to the smartphone

In the field of chemistry, tracking systems for hazardous substances are often the first step towards a networked world of work. What was missing until now was the link to the smartphone or tablet – but Düperthal has now made up for this. “With our new app, operators have access to all important operating parameters of the safety storage cabinets from their mobile devices wherever they are”, explains Christian Völk, Head of Marketing at Düperthal. Dynamic and static cabinet data is collected centrally in the “My Düperthal” database and can be retrieved at any time and anywhere in the world via all mobile devices. In this way, the operator receives push notifications for critical sensor signals relating to fill levels, the ventilation function or temperatures for example. He is reminded automatically of the next maintenance for safety equipment, and also knows immediately where the safety storage cabinet is located. It is possible to access individual cabinet and storage information, such as operating instructions, data sheets etc., and to ensure data security for all information in an external database.