You are a chemistry student and need to use your knowledge of Laboratory Safety Rules to be able to prepare for, and safely navigate your way through a chemistry laboratory lesson. Make a bad decision and you could be facing some unwanted consequences. Make the right ones and you could come out a hero. Click play when you’re ready to begin
You sleep through your alarm and are running late for school. What are you going to do? Quickly pack your lab coat but you can't find your safety glasses so pack your sunglasses instead. Ensure you have your lab coat and safety glasses and that you’re wearing your leather school shoes. Quickly pack your school bag with some lunch and race out of the door.
You arrive at your chemistry class. Put on your lab coat and safety glasses, and have only your pencil case, calculator, drink bottle and notebook at hand. Wait outside the lab for the teacher. Put on your lab coat and safety glasses, and have only your pencil case, calculator and notebook at hand. Wait outside the lab for the teacher. Grab you lab coat, and safety glasses and run into the lab to check out the equipment and get the best spot to work at.
Your teacher lets you into the lab. Start playing with the equipment to check out all of the cool items you’re going to work with Pair up with someone and wait at a workstation behind a tray of lab equipment. Start the lab experiment.
During the experiment you are required to decant 100mL of 0.5M HCL solution into a 250mL beaker Put your nose over the container of HCL and sniff the solution to see what it smells like. Pick up the container of HCL solution with your bare hands and decant into a 250mL beaker. Place latex gloves on and decant 100mL of 0.5M HCL solution into a 250mL beaker.
Your right eye starts to itch. Advise the teacher before leaving the room, removing your gloves, washing your hands, and then rubbing your eye. Remove your safety glasses and gloves and scratch it quickly. Rub it quickly with your gloved hand.
You return to the lab with your PPE on and notice the electrical cord on the 4-place scales is frayed. Don’t touch it and advise the teacher immediately. Grab some sticky tape and cover the frayed section. Put the scale aside and use another one.
The teacher goes to the storeroom to get you a new 4-place scale. Flick some water at your friend while there working on their experiment. This is your chance. Quickly test out the Bunsen burner. Continue with your experiment if possible.
You notice a gaseous smell. Check that the gas supply to your Bunsen burner is turned off and continue with the experiment. Advise the teacher immediately. Light a match to get rid of the smell.
The teacher cannot find the source of the leak and asks everyone to quietly evacuate the room and meet at the assembly point. Leave immediately as per the fire evacuation plan and assemble at the meeting point. You see the teacher’s phone on the bench so you go and grab it to help them out. Run for your life!!!!
You meet at the assembly point and are advised that the fire department need to check out the gas leak before you can re-enter the lab. Your lab is over for the day, but you have safely navigated a potentially dangerous situation. You’re quick actions may have saved the lives of everyone in your class.
You arrive at class but the teacher can’t let you into the lab because you don’t have the required PPE to ensure your safety. Your spend the lesson at the principles office, and a note is sent home to your parents advising them that you came to class unprepared.
The teacher doesn’t notice your drink bottle as you enter the lab. During the lab, some HCL solution contaminates the top of your drink bottle. What happens next?
You drink from the bottle and . . . Ahhhhh!! Your mouth is burning from the hydrochloric acid. You’re rushed off to hospital to treat the burns to your mouth and throat. No food or drink is to enter the lab.
You trip and hit your head on a table. You’re taken to hospital for a scan where you spend the next few hours in a waiting room with a thumping headache. No running in the lab. Do not enter the lab without permission
The teacher catches you and you are asked to leave the lab. You have to write a 600 word assignment on laboratory safety rules and sit a written safety test before being allowed to attend future labs. Do not do anything unless the teacher has instructed you to.
You mix the wrong solutions together. The solutions react exothermically and you lose your eyebrows. It takes over 2 months for them to grow back. Do not do anything unless the teacher has instructed you to.
Some HCL acid gets on your hands and burns them badly. You are rushed off to hospital for a skin graft. You spend months in painful rehabilitation. Latex gloves are to be worn at all times during experiments
The acid vapours burn the lining of your nostrils. You are rushed off to hospital for treatment. You may never recover your full sense of smell. Never sniff any chemical substance directly.
You get acid solution that’s on your gloves in you eye. You are rushed off to hospital for treatment but will now have a permanent vision impairment. Do not touch any part of your body with used/contaminated gloves.
Your lab partner drops a beaker which breaks on the bench and a glass shard gets in your eye. You are rushed off to hospital for treatment to have your eyeball scraped. This is a very painful procedure. Your safety glasses must remain on at all times in the lab.
You are electrocuted from the exposed wires. Your teacher has to perform CPR on you to get your heart started. Report all damaged equipment immediately to the teacher.
Another student uses the scale that you put aside and is electrocuted. Your actions have jeopardised another students safety. They may not survive. Report all damaged equipment immediately to the teacher.
You left the gas on too long before lighting it and it exploded in your face. The fireball burnt off your eyebrows. It takes over 2 months for them to grow back. Do not do anything unless the teacher has instructed you to.
The teacher catches you and you are asked to leave the lab. You have to write a 600 word assignment on laboratory safety rules and sit a written safety test before being allowed to attend future labs. No horseplay in the lab.
It wasn’t your gas supply that was leaking. It was one at a table behind you. Later in the experiment, someone lights a match . . .
Your failure to report the leak has cost the whole class their lives. Report all potential dangers to the teacher immediately.
Why would you do that? Report all potential dangers to the teacher immediately.
In your cowardly retreat you knock over another student. Your actions have jeopardised another students safety. Do not run in the lab. Move calmly and orderly during an evacuation.
You delay the evacuation of the whole class Your actions have jeopardised everyone’s safety. Do not collect belongings during an evacuation. Follow the evacuation procedures.