Science Laboratory Safety Rules 1.Read all directions for an experiment several times before beginning the activity. Carefully follow all written and oral instructions. If you are in doubt about any part of the experiment, ask your teacher for assistance. 2. Know the location of emergency equipment, such as the fire extinguisher and fire blanket and know how to use it. 3. Never perform activities that are not assigned or authorized by your teacher. Obtain permission before “experimenting” on you own. Never handle any equipment unless you have specific permission.
4. After an experiment has been completed, clean up your work area and return all equipment to its proper place. 5. Remove or tie back any article of clothing, jewelry, or hair that can hang down and touch chemicals, flames, or equipment. Roll up or secure long sleeves. 6. Tie back long hair when working with flame or chemicals. 7. Never eat or drink in the science laboratory.
8. Never run, push or engage in horseplay. 9. To protect yourself from injuring your eyes, wear safety goggles whenever you work with chemicals, heat source, such as a candle, burner, or hot plate, hot glassware, or any substance that might get into your eyes. 10. Never reach across a flame. 11. When heating a substance in a test tube, make sure that the mouth of the tube is not pointed at you or anyone else.
12. Never put your face near the mouth of a container that holds chemicals. Never touch, taste, or smell a chemical unless you are instructed by your teacher to do so. Many chemicals are poisonous. 13. If you are instructed to test for odors, use a wafting motion to direct the odors to your nose. Do not inhale the fumes directly form the container. 14. When mixing an acid and water, always pour the water into the container first, and then add the acid to the water. Never pour water into an acid. 15. Notify your teacher of any problems in the lab, including: fire, accidents, injuries, spills, breakage, missing equipment or equipment not working properly. 16. Never use broken or chipped glassware.
17. Handle scalpels, scissors, or other sharp instruments with extreme care. Never cut material toward you; cut away from you. 18. If you know that you are allergic to certain materials (plants, molds, animals, etc.), tell you teacher before doing an activity in which these are used. 19. Dispose of waste materials as instructed by your teacher. 20. Wash your hand after every experiment. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling animals or the cage containing animals. Wash your hands when you are finished with any activity involving animal parts, plants, or soil. 21. MSDS – (Material Safety Data Sheet) provides information about specific chemical, precautions for handling the chemical, and first aid if the chemical injures a person. Know the location of the MSDS booklet. Be able to interpret the information on the sheet. 22. Wear closed toe shoes to lab.
No eating, drinking or chewing gum Read instructions first Flame safety Eye glasses Proper disposal of waste Fire safety equipment No running etc Proper shoes Chemical safety