Lab Safety Test- All students must pass the safety test before working with glassware, chemicals, or other lab equipment. Students will be required to appropriately name the different types of laboratory glassware and equipment as-well as demonstrate the proper safety procedures.
Eye Protection- All students and instructors will be required to wear eye protection and know where the eye wash station is located.
Safety Shower- Students will be required to know the location and procedures regarding the use of the safety shower. The safety shower is a device that allows for the rapid release of water should someone spill chemicals on themselves.
Add Acids- When using or disposing of acids be sure to add acids to water with a stir rod rather than add water to an acid. Mixing water with acid will often cause the solution to become hot and or splash potential causing burns.
Work Tray- Students should use chemical work trays when using chemicals to make spills easier to clean up. Work trays are also helpful in preventing the scattering of broken glassware.
Proper Clothing- Students should wear long pants (no shorts or skirts) and closed toed shoes. Remove all jewelry and tie long hair back. Sleeveless shirts should not be worn in lab. Students will be required to wear lab coats and/or other forms of protective clothing.
Backpacks/Books- Students should place nonessential items in the front of the room to minimize the risks of tripping in the lab. Tripping on items is a common cause of broken glassware and spilled chemicals.
Disposal- Do not dispose of any chemical or waste unless being directed to do so. Some chemicals cannot safely be added to waste water.
No Food or Drink- Food, drinks, gum, etc. are not allowed in lab. Many of the chemicals can have adverse affects if ingested. No exceptions.
Wash Hands- To avoid contamination and possible ingestion students must wash their hands with soap and water before leaving lab.
Chemical Spills- If a student spills a chemical, stop what you are doing and ask a teacher for assistance. Do not clean up a spill by yourself. In most cases, if you spill chemicals on yourself it is best to run cool water over the area. This depends on the chemical being used. Ask your teacher for instruction if you spill chemicals on yourself.
Broken Glassware- If a piece of glassware is broken stop what you are doing and make sure that you do not step on the fragments. Seek the help of a teacher for cleanup.
Fire Equipment- Students will be required to know the location and safety procedures regarding fire equipment.
Clean Glassware- Always properly clean glassware. Leftover reactants in glassware can cause unwanted chemical reactions in future labs. Your instructor will inspect your glassware before allowing you to leave the lab.
Gloves- Students must wear gloves during chemical experiments. Gloves will be provided by the instructor.
Open Flames- Open flames must be regarded with extreme caution. Only use burners when required and inspect the gas line for cracks before each use.