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  • Lab Safety RulesExpectations for all lab activities

  • General RulesFollow all written and verbal instructions carefullyIf you dont understand something, ask your instructor before proceedingNever work in the lab without the teacher present

  • General RulesWhen 1st entering the science room, DONT touch ANY equipment, chemicals or other materials for lab until instructed to do soStudents are never permitted in the science storage rooms or preparation areas

  • General RulesNo foodNo drinksNo gumNever use laboratory glassware as containers for food or beverages

  • General RulesOnly perform experiments authorized by your instructorNever do anything in the lab that is not called for in the procedures or by your instructorUnauthorized experiments are prohibited

  • General RulesNever fool around in the labHorseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibitedThere are no warningsAny misbehavior will result in being removed from lab and receiving zero points for that lab

  • General RulesKeep work areas clean and tidyLeave your backpack and any unnecessary materials at your deskKeep aisles clear. Push your chair in when not in use

  • General RulesKnow the location of safety equipmentKnow the procedure for a fire alarm

  • General RulesNever pour chemicals down the sink unless told by your instructorDispose of chemicals in the proper waste receptacle

  • General RulesKeep hands away from face, eyes, mouth and body when using chemicals or preserved specimensWash your hands with soap and water after ALL experiments

  • General RulesExperiments must be personally monitored at all timesYou will be assigned a lab stationDo not wander to other stations, disturb other students, or interfere with other students lab experiments

  • General RulesHandle all living organisms in a humane mannerPreserved biological materials are to be treated with respect and disposed of properly

  • General RulesWhen using knives and other sharp instruments, always carry with tips and points pointing down and awayAlways cut away from your body

  • General RulesDress properly for lab activitiesLong hair must be tied backDangling jewelry or baggy clothing must be removedWear shoes that cover as much of your feet as possible

  • Accidents and InjuriesReport ANY accident to the instructor immediately, no matter how trivial it may appearIf a chemical splashes on your skin, flush with running waterIf it gets in your eyes, flush with water using the eye wash station

  • Handling ChemicalsAll chemicals in the lab are to be considered dangerousDont touch, smell, or taste any chemicals unless specifically instructed to do soWhen instructed to smell a chemical, waft the smell towards you. Dont smell the chemical directly

  • Handling ChemicalsAlways double check the label on chemical bottles before removing any of the chemicalTake only as much as you needNever return unused chemicals to their original containersNever remove chemicals or other materials from the lab

  • Handling Equipment/GlasswareNever handle broken glass with your bare handsUse a brush and dustpan to clean up broken glassPlace broken glass in the designated glass disposal container

  • Handling Equipment/GlasswareNever use chipped, cracked or dirty glasswareDo not immerse hot glassware in cold water as it may shatterIf you dont understand how to use a piece of equipment, ask the instructor for help

  • Heating SubstancesExercise extreme caution when using a gas burnerNever leave a lit burner unattendedNever leave anything that is being heated or is visibly reacting unattendedTurn off burner or hot plate when not in use

  • Heating SubstancesYou will be instructed in proper methods of heating/boiling liquids in test tubesNever point the open end of a test tube being heated at yourself or othersNever look into a container that is being heated

  • Heating SubstancesHeated metals and glass remain very hot for a long timeThey should be set to cool and picked up with cautionUse tongs or heat-protective gloves if necessary