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Transcript of Laboratory Safety
a bunch of rules to ensure a bunch of fun
Pay attention! There will be a test at the end of the week over these rules. You will also be expected to make a poster of one of these rules.
Accidents and Injuries
8. Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.
3. Never Work alone.
6. Perform only those experiments authorized by the instructor.
5. Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the lab.
1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times
2. Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully.
11. Know the location of all safety equipment.
4. Do not touch any equipment or chemicals until instructed to do so.
7. Be prepared for your work in the lab. Read all procedures before entering the lab.
27. Report any accident immediately.
30. When mercury thermometers are broken, mercury must not be touched.
28. If you or your partner are hurt immediately yell out "Code one" to get the instructor's attention.
29. If a chemical splashes in your eyes or on your skin, immediately flush with running water.
41. Never handle broken glass with your bare hands.
43. Fill wash bottles only with distilled water and use only as intended.
40. Carry glass tubing in a vertical position.
46. Report damaged equipment immediately.
45. Examine glassware before each use.
42. Inserting and removing glass tubing from rubber stoppers can be dangerous.
47. If you do not understand how to use a piece of equipment, ask the instructor for help.
44. When removing an electrical plug from its socket, grasp the plug not the cord.
48. Do not immerse hot glassware in cold water, it may shatter.
33. Never return unused chemicals to their original containers.
31. All chemicals in the laboratory are to be considered dangerous.
34. Never use mouth suction to fill a pipet.
32. Check the label on chemical bottles twice before removing any of the contents.
38. Never remove chemicals or other materials from the laboratory area.
24. Contact lenses should not be worn in the lab unless you have permission from your instructor.
26. Lab aprons have been provided for your use and should be worn.
25. Dress properly during a lab activity.
23. Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used, students will wear lab goggles.
53. Never look into a container that is being heated.
52. Heated metals and glass remain very hot for a long time.
49. Exercise extreme caution when using a gas burner.
51. Do not point the open end of a test tube being heated at yourself or anyone else.
50. Never leave a lit burner unattended.
54. Do not place hot apparatus directly on the laboratory desk.
55. Hot glass looks like cold glass.
10. Keep aisles clear. Push stools under desk when not in use.
19. Know what to do if there is a fire drill during a lab: containers must be closed, gas valves turned off, fume hoods closed and any electrical equipment turned off.
15. Labels and equipment instructions must be read carefully before use.
14. Dispose of all chemical waste properly.
13. Be alert and proceed with caution at all times.
12. Always work in a well-ventilated area.
9. Observe good housekeeping practices.
21. When using knives, always carry with tips pointing down and away.
18. Students are never permitted in the science storage rooms or prep areas.
17. Experiments must be personally monitored at all times.
16. Keep hands away from face, mouth, and body while using chemicals.
20. Handle all living organisms used in a lab in a humane manner.
22. If you have a medical condition, check with your physician prior to working in lab.
Taken from Flinn Scientific's Student Safety Contract copyright 2004
Handling glassware and equipment
35. When transferring reagents from one container to another, hold the containers away from the body.
39. Take great care when transporting acids and other chemicals from one part of the lab to another.
37. Handle flammable hazardous liquids over a pan to contain to contain spills.
36. Acids must be handled with extreme care.
Do you wear contact lenses?
Are you color blind?
Do you have allergies?
Easy homework: Please sign and return this safety contract with your parent's signature by Friday.
Challenging Homework: Make a poster that illustrates one of the laboratory rules. Be original and colorful! Your poster is due Friday.
You will be tested on the lab rules Friday!