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

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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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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