Lab Safety Tips
USE OF TOOLS
Using the correct materials in a lab is necessary. However using them correctly is even more important. Glass and other hazardous objects could be used in the lab and knowing how to use them and what their functions are is crucial. For example, if you are performing an experiment and you have to measure with a glass beaker and you drop it; make sure you tell someone and help you properly clean it up and make sure that you do not touch any shards of glass that broke off. One way to avoid this situation is to always follow the rules and never carelessly run around the lab. Mistakes do happen so proper clothing can help you avoid any injuries if an accident does arise.
PROPER CLOTHING ATTIRE
Proper clothing is just as important as using materials correctly. It may seem that certain rules do not make much sense for some experiments, but following all of them will help you decrease your risk of an injury. Wearing goggles, a lab coat and closed-toed shoes is necessary in every experiment. Glass or chemicals could potentially spill or break making contact with your skin. Following this dress code will prevent you or your personal clothing from touching any of it. Depending on the severity of the materials you are using, dressing correctly could even save your life. It is better to be safe than to take that chance.
Fire safety is one of the biggest hazards in a laboratory. Almost anything can catch fire if it is given the chance. So make sure to be extremely careful when an experiment has to do with fire or any open flames. Be sure to keep your hands away and not to lean over or too close to the flame. A slight wind or gas leak can react with the flame and potentially burn you. After understanding what not to do near a fire, make sure you know what to do in case of an emergency. All of the labs should be prepared with a blanket to suffocate the fire, extinguishers and water hoses. Be ready for anything to happen.