Lab Safety

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The following policies have been designed to protect you, your lab partners, and the students that will be using the labs after you.

No one plans to catch their hair on fire or spill caustic chemicals on their lab partners. That’s why they are called accidents. You need to understand how to prevent laboratory accidents and what to do when they happen.

Before Getting Started:

  1. Know the location of and how to use the safety equipment in the lab, including the fire extinguisher, shower, eye wash station, and first aid kit.
  2. No eating, drinking, smoking, chewing gum or applying cosmetics in the lab. Don't bring food or drink containers into the lab unless they are in your backpack.
  3. Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times. Fully enclosed shoes are required and long pants are recommended. Ball caps must be removed.
  4. You will be issued a lab coat and eye protection. The lab coat must be worn and kept buttoned during lab. The lab coat and eye protection must be stored in your assigned drawer or cubby when you are not working in lab. Please remove your lab coat if you need to leave during the lab. Your lab coat protects your clothes from stains and helps to contain bacteria in the laboratory.
  5. Gloves must be worn at all times. Do not touch your hair or face while in the lab.
  6. Long hair must be tied back so that it does not fall into flames, chemicals or biohazardous materials.
  7. All backpacks, purses or other personal belongings must be tucked away in the back corner closet of the lab.
  8. Open wounds must be covered with a bandage before beginning your lab.