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Working With Glass Rods Or Tubing

Setting up apparatus can involve pushing glass tubes through a cork or stopper.  Users sometimes require a glass Pasteur pipette to rubber tubing attached for aspiration.  These types of procedures possess high risk of injury to your hands if the glass tube, rod, or pipette breaks.  

Some highlights to remember when working with glass rods, tubes or pipettes:

  • Make sure that the glassware shafts of different connected glass materials fit with each other.
  • Do not apply excessive force on a glass to put it into a place.
  • Gently twist the glass material into place.
  • Always lubricate the connections.  You can use water, soapy water, or glycerin as lubricant. Using oil or grease is not advised.
  • Wear cut resistant gloves when possible.

References and sources for information from the relevant websites and documentation of different universities, NGOs and government agencies used in the preparation of this website are provided at references.