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Safety guidance

Safety guidance

Perfumery is a fun activity and can be practiced safely if a few common sense measures are put in place. Please note that the following information is for guidance only. Please refer to specific product information and the appropriate local, regional or international organisations for safety compliance.


Safe use of ingredients


Please make yourself familiar with the guidelines set out by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). IFRA are the industry body who regulate the safe use of ingredients in fragrance. All ingredients Olfactik supply are recommended for safe use by IFRA. Further information can be found here:


We also thought the following guidance notes from the Imperial College London may be useful:


General Safety Awareness


Familiarise yourself with all aspects of safety before using any equipment. 


Be alert to unsafe conditions of the equipment, procedures and actions, and call attention to them so that corrections can be made as soon as possible.  


Label all storage areas, appropriately, and keep all chemicals in properly labelled containers.  


Date all chemical bottles when received and when opened.  


Note expiry dates on chemicals.  


Note storage conditions and adhere to them. 


Familiarise yourself with the appropriate protective measures when exposed to the following classes of hazardous materials.  


Segregate chemicals by compatibility groups for storage.  


Post warning signs for unusual hazards such as flammable materials no naked flames or other special problems.  


Avoid distracting other workers.  


Use equipment only for its designated purpose.   


Personal Safety


Always wear safety glasses or goggles at all times. 


Always wear coat/apron in the work area.  


Appropriate gloves should be worn as needed.  


Appropriate shoes should be worn in the work area.   


Personal Hygiene Wash hands before leaving the work area.  


Never mouth suck anything in a pipette in the work area. 


No food or drink should be allowed in areas where chemicals are used or stored.  


Chemicals should not be stored in a refrigerator containing food and drink. 


Never eat or drink from laboratory glassware.  


Keep exposed skin covered in the work area. 


Fire Prevention


Aware yourself of ignition sources in the work area and service areas (open flames, heat, electrical equipment). 


Purchase chemicals in quantities that will be used in not distant future.  


Always store flammable liquids in appropriate cabinets.  


Do not store incompatible reagents together (e.g., acids with organic solvents).  


Date chemicals when received and opened.  


Make sure that all electrical cords are in good condition and all electrical outlets are earthed. 


Familiarise yourself with siting and condition of fire extinguishers. 


Do not use fire extinguishers unless you are trained and feel confident to do so.  




Eliminate safety hazards by maintaining the work areas in a good state of order.  


Maintain clear passages to the work area exit.  


Always keep the work area clear of unnecessary material.  


Wipe down bench tops and other work area surfaces after each use.  


All equipment should be inspected before use.  


Keep the work area floor dry at all times. Attend to spills immediately and notify other lab workers of potential slipping hazards.  


Sink traps should be flushed with water on a regular basis to prevent the release of chemical odours in the work area.