How to stay safe in a lab!
Science lab rules!
- Report all accidents to your teacher.
Work in the lab only when the teacher is present
Never indulge in behavior that could lead to injury of others.
Before beginning work in lab, clean!
Use goggles and lab aprons when instructed
Open sandals or bare feet are not permitted in the lab.
Learn the location and proper usage of the eyewash fountain, fire extinguisher, safety shower, fire alarm box, office intercom button, evacuation routes, clean-up brush and dust pan, glass/chemical disposal can.
For minor skin burns, immediately plunge the burned area into cold water and notify the teacher.
If you get any chemical in your eye, immediately wash the eye with the eye-wash fountain and notify the teacher.
Never look directly into a test tube. View the contents from the side.
- Never smell a material in a test tube or flask directly.
- Immediately notify the teacher of any chemical spill and clean up the spill as directed.
Never take chemical stock bottles to the lab benches.
Use equipment only as directed
Never taste any material in the lab
Food, drink and gum are prohibited in lab.
Never add water to concentrated acid solutions.
Read the label on chemical bottles at least twice before using the chemical.
Return all lab materials and equipment to their proper places after use.
Upon completion of work, wash and dry all equipment, your lab bench and your clean-up area.