1) Horse-play will not be tolerated!
2) Keep your lab area clean and free of backpacks and other bags.
3) You must be prepared for lab. Not being prepared is the biggest threat to lab safety.
4) Safety Glasses must be worn any time you are in the lab area, if the lab has the safety glasses symbol.
5) No food, drinks or gum in the science laboratory.
6) Long hair and baggy clothing are dangerous in the lab area.
7) Wear appropriate clothing and tie back long hair.
8) If you are concerned that you might damage your clothes, wear a protective apron.
9) Rings, watches, and hanging jewelry are dangerous in the lab area.
Chemicals may get underneath a ring or watch and produce irritation.
Hanging jewelry may catch on a piece of lab equipment and cause an accident.
10) Always pay attention to verbal instructions given by your science teacher.
11) Accidents Can Happen:
12) Report all accidents immediately, no matter how small.
Types of accidents and how to handle them:
a) Broken Glass:
The most common accident in the lab, even with the best of care.
Do not move until your teacher says it is safe to do so. There will most likely be many small slivers of glass that you do not immediately notice.
b) Cuts and Scrapes:
Tell your teacher and let her help the hurt person.
Do not touch another person's blood, either directly or indirectly.
c) Chemical Spills:
Depending on the chemical spilled, we might just have a mess or we might have a very dangerous situation. You are to treat all spills as DANGEROUS.
Move away from the area immediately. Do not return until your teacher gives you permission to return.
If there is a hot plate at the table when you enter the lab area, do not touch it. Check for warmth before moving the hot plate.
Materials on top of the hot plates should be removed carefully, using the Hot Hands® or the tongs.
Lab burners are the source of most problems:
Be aware when a burner is in use at your lab station. Be very careful during that time.
When you are not heating something - turn the burner off.
If you are involved in a fire - stay where you are - help is coming.
If your partner is involved in a fire - get the fire blanket. Your teacher will also be getting the blanket and both of you will help your partner smother the fire.
If the fire is not at your lab station - stay away!
*****The science teacher is the only person authorized to use the fire extinguisher. *****
Lab Safety Equipment:
If you spill chemicals on yourself…
a) Eye Wash Station:
The eye wash station is located at the teachers front desk near the sink.
The station should only be used if chemicals get in the eyes.
Eyelids have to be forced opened to wash behind the eyelid.
Be sure to wash from the nose out to the ear. This will stop you from washing chemicals back into the eye or into an unaffected eye.
Flood eyes and eyelids with water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Contacts should not be worn during labs. If you are wearing them when involved with an accident, remove them as soon as possible to rinse eyes of any harmful chemicals.
After the science teacher says 15 minutes is over, and the eyes are completely flushed, both of the victim's eyes should be covered with a clean or sterile gauze.
If there is a fire…
b) Fire Safety Blanket:
The fire safety blanket is located on the file cabinet, back corner of the room.
Fire blankets are not the best way to extinguish a fire. They may be used to extinguish clothing that is burning, but should never be used on any other type of fire.
c) Fire Extinguisher:
The fire extinguisher is located in the front corner near the door.
Only the science teacher is authorized to use the fire extinguisher.
If you ever have to use an extinguisher, think P-A-S-S.
P -- pull the pin
A -- aim the hose at the base of the fire
S -- squeeze the handle
S -- sweep the hose back and forth