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Safety in the Laboratory

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  1. Safety in the Laboratory

  2. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner!! Follow all written and verbal instructions. Never work alone. General Guidelines

  3. Don’t touch anything until you are told to do so. • Do not eat, drink, or chew gum during a lab. • Only perform the experiment you are supposed to be working on.

  4. Keep your work area clean. • Keep aisles clear. Put your backpack under or on top of an empty table.

  5. Know where the safety equipment is located. • Be alert and cautious. • Dispose of chemicals properly. Different chemicals need to be disposed of in different ways.

  6. Read chemical labels carefully before you use them. • Keep hands away from face and eyes during a lab, and always wash your hands when you are done.

  7. Don’t leave your lab station unattended while you are working.

  8. Clothing • ALWAYS WEAR YOUR GOGGLES. There are no exceptions. • Don’t wear contact lenses.

  9. No loose, long hair (pull it back). • No dangling jewelry. • No open-toed shoes.

  10. Handling Chemicals • ALL CHEMICALS IN THE LAB ARE DANGEROUS. Handle them with care. • Never return unused chemicals to the original container.

  11. Handle acids with special care. • Always add acid to water, not water to acid. • Never remove chemicals from the lab.

  12. Handling Glassware and Equipment • Never handle broken glass with your bare hands. Use a dustpan. • Dispose of glass in approved container only

  13. Never use cracked or chipped glassware. • Report damaged equipment immediately. • Do not put hot glassware in cold water.

  14. Do not point scalpel blades towards others. • Carry dissection tools with sharp end facing the ground. • When unplugging equipment, pull the plug, NOT the cord, and NOT the piece of equipment.

  15. Heating Substances • Use caution when using the hot plates. • Never leave a hot plate unattended. • Remember—hot glass and metal stay hot for a long time. BE CAREFUL!

  16. Handling Specimens • Always treat specimens with respect • Never dispose of specimens or parts down the sink or in the trash can.

  17. Accidents and Injuries • Report all accidents to the teacher right away. • If you splash chemicals on your skin or clothing, or in your eyes, immediately rinse with plenty of water.

  18. If you break a scalpel blade, glassware, or slide, report it. • See your teacher if you cut or puncture your skin with a tool or specimen. • Know our fire escape route