Science Safety Guidelines for Safe Lab Experiences
Eye Safety • Wear goggles when working with acids or bases, using an open flame, or performing an activity that could lead to eye injury. • First Aid- Flush chemicals from your eye with water. Notify the teacher at once when something splashes into your eye.
Avoid Accidents • Accidents can be avoided! • Plan ahead. • Read all instructions. • Listen for instructions. • Follow the instructions. • Be alert to hazards. • Be careful.
Safety Equipment • Know the location of the • Fire extinguisher • Sink • Eye wash • Fire Blanket • Fire escape route
Neatness • Clear the work table of books, papers, and notebooks. • Tie back long, loose hair. • Roll up long sleeves. • Remove dangling necklaces, earrings and other jewelry. • If necessary wear an apron.
Chemicals • Wear protective gloves when working with irritating or corrosive liquids. • Never taste a chemical. • Never eat or drink in the science room. • Add an acid or base to water. • Neutralize an acid spill with baking soda before wiping up the spill. • Waft fumes, but don’t inhale deeply. Use a fume hood if necessary.
Electricity • Check for frayed cords and plugs before using the electrical outlet. • Keep cords out of the way. • Wrap microscope cords around the coarse focus knob and stage. • Keep electrical equipment away from water! • Never touch a electrical equipment with wet hands.
Glassware • Check glassware for chips and cracks. • Never use chipped or cracked glassware. • Use only heat resistant glassware on burners. • Alert the teacher if glassware breaks. • Never pick up broken glassware with your bare hands.
Sharp/Pointed Objects • Use sharp and pointed objects with care. • Alert the teacher in the event of a cut. • Wash the cut. Apply pressure if it is bleeding. • Students will receive first aid from the nurse. • All blood spills must be reported and treated with bleach.
Cleanup • Wash hands after using chemicals, soil, or other lab materials. • Clean up all lab areas before leaving the room. • Follow the teacher’s clean up instructions regarding stowing of equipment. • Make sure water and electricity has been shut off.
Safety Symbols • Wear Safety Goggles • Wear a Laboratory Apron • Flame/Heat
Safety Symbols • Sharp/Pointed Object • Dangerous Chemical/Poison • Corrosive Substance