The following rules are designed to keep you and your classmates safe and to have a successful lab experience. The importance of these rules can not be overstated. These rules must be adhered to and will be strictly enforced.
· Know how to use the safety equipment and where it is located in the lab.
· Use common sense - think about where you place things - especially glassware and hot objects
· Never leave hot plates or hot objects unattended.
· Never point a pipette or tube at anyone.
· Immediately report glass breakage, spills, accidents or injuries.
· Follow the written lab procedure. Improper combinations or amounts of chemicals can be very dangerous. If you want to be creative wait until you are a research chemist. Ask if you are unsure of the correct procedure.
· To avoid mistakes, read instructions and labels carefully (many chemical formulas are similar to each other).
· Goggles (safety glasses for labs without chemicals) must be worn at all times in the lab. Aprons are recommended for most labs and required for some.
· Keep long hair and clothing tied back or tucked in to avoid flames and knocking over glassware.
· Open sandals are not to be worn in the lab. Liquid chemical spills flow downward.
· No eating, drinking or chewing of anything in the lab - it is too easy to transfer chemicals from the hands to the mouth by doing these things.
· Do not use seats or stools during labs - students need to be mobile to avoid spills. Do not place yourself under the edge of the lab bench where chemicals may spill.
· Dispose of chemicals as instructed. Do not put any solids in the sink unless told to do so.
· To avoid contamination, never return chemicals to their storage containers.
· Keep work area neat put away all equipment after labs. Wipe and dry work area after when lab is complete.
· Wash hands before leaving the lab.