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, 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. No open-toed shoes are allowed and long pants are recommended. Avoid wearing loose clothing or clothing you care about. Loose or bulky clothing can catch on lab equipment and result in clothes being permanently stained or could damage equipment.
  4. Long hair must be tied back so that it does not fall into flames, chemicals or biohazardous materials. Baseball caps must be removed
  5. All backpacks, purses or other personal belongings must be tucked away in the back corner closet of the lab.
  6. Open wounds must be covered with a bandage before beginning your lab.