Lab Safety Rules

  1. Follow written and verbal directions carefully. Note any special warnings. Read all of lab prior to beginning lab.
  2. Check labels on chemical containers. MSDS are found in the MSDS notebook.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the location and use of all safety equipment (eye wash station, gas shut-off switch, fire extinguishers, etc).
  4. Never eat, drink, or chew gum in the science laboratory.
  5. Never run, roughhouse, or engage in inappropriate behavior of any kind in the lab.
  6. Inappropriate behavior will result in loss of laboratory privileges for a specified length of time or expulsion from the laboratory. Loss of lab privileges will result in a lower grade.
  7. Accidents do happen. Report any accident, injury, incorrect procedure and/or broken /damaged equipment immediately (even if the accident/ problem is minor!).
  8. Any time chemicals or heat are used, you will be required to wear laboratory goggles (even if not directly involved in the experiment). Aprons will also be provided.
  9. If you get chemicals in your eyes report it to the teacher. Flood the area immediately with water at the eye wash station for 15 minutes.
  10. Flush acid/base spills on skin with copious amounts of water. Clothing may need to be cut away.
  11. Use extra care when working with heat, open flame, or chemicals.
  12. Dress properly: no loose hair, baggy clothing, dangling jewelry, or open-toed shoes.
  13. Keep lab area free of unnecessary materials. Leave backpacks and books at your table. Push in your chairs.
  14. Never perform unauthorized experiments. This will result in disciplinary action.
  15. Do not return unused chemicals to their original container. Be careful not to switch lids.
  16. Hot glass does not look any different from cool glass. Place the back of your hand close to the glass to determine its temperature.
  17. Test for odors by wafting air towards you with the source at arms length.
  18. Dispose of waste in the provided containers or as instructed. Broken glass goes in the broken glass container.
  19. Clean your work area and return equipment to its proper place. Leave lab areas clean and dry.
  20. Do not touch chemicals with your hands. Keep your hands away from your eyes, face and clothing. Wash your hands before leaving the laboratory.
  21. Use your common sense and always ask questions if there is something you don't understand!