Chemical Handling 101

The Basics: Know before you go...

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1. Know your SDS!

  • Double-check the identity of chemicals you will be using.
  • Know where they are located and understand the information they contain.
Material Safety Data Sheet-www.safetyissimple.com

2. Wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)!

3. Treat all chemicals as if they are dangerous!

  • Do not touch, taste or smell them!
  • Use proper wafting technique.
  • NEVER use mouth to pipet liquids!

4. Work in a well-ventilated area!

Use the fume hood when working with poisonous vapors and/or volatile substances.
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5. TELL THE TEACHER IF A CHEMICAL SPILL OCCURS!

Do not attempt to clean up a chemical spill on your own. Tell the teacher immediately what was spilled.
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6. Avoid contaminating chemicals!

  • NEVER return unused chemicals to original container! Follow teacher instructions for proper waste disposal.
  • Double-check waste label containers before adding waste.

7. Clean up your lab station!

With the exception of a chemical spill, clean all work areas at the end of your experiment.

8. PPE Does Not Make you Invincible!

  • Wash your hands with soap AND water before you begin and after you finish experiment.
  • If an accident occurs, know where to find and how to use safety shower, eye wash, fire blanket, fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
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