Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RMQA and Merck hold special seminar on good laboratory practices

Merck Philippines, through the IRRI Risk Management and Quality Assurance (RMQA) unit, held a seminar to further enhance good laboratory practices (GLP) at the International Institute of Rice Research on 10 October at D.L. Umali.

The seminar focused on water systems including purity levels, water contaminants, and using the right type of water for specific needs to ensure the quality of laboratory assays and experiments. It also covered the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), the international standard for labeling and classifying chemicals initiated by the United Nation to minimize the risks of handling chemicals in the laboratory and during transport. The lecture on GHS emphasized the meanings of the important symbols indicated on chemical containers. The seminar also tackled laboratory waste management and guidelines on proper disposal and recycling of chemical wastes, and ways to mitigate damages and risks in the event of chemical spills.

A total of 63 IRRI scientists, researchers, scholars, technicians, trainees, and secretaries from Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, C4 Rice Center, Seed Health Unit, International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice, Crop and Environmental Science Division, Grain Quality and Nutrition Center, Safety Security Services, and RMQA attended the seminar.

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