Regulations (undergraduate teaching labs)
- SAFETY GOGGLES must be worn at all times in the lab. Prescription glasses can be worn under the safety goggles.
- FIRE: Use drench showers or blankets (Drop and Roll) for clothing fires. Immediately report it to the supervisor or lab demonstrator or other responsible individual, then exit the laboratory and building quickly via proper exit route (Make sure you know where the exits are).Use fire extinguishers for bench-top fires or other fires only if very small fire.
- CHEMICAL SPILLS: must be cleaned up immediately. Use plenty of cold water to rinse chemicals from eyes or skin. Remove chemical-soaked clothing if caustic. Know where showers and eye-wash fountains are and how to use them.
- FOOD AND DRINK are not allowed in any chemical laboratory.
- ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES must be reported to the demonstrator or other responsible person. There are emergency first aid supplies in the storeroom and lab techs and others are trained in basic first-aid, but any injury of consequence will be handled by the medical services.
- FUME HOODS must be used for any experiment involving irritating or poisonous vapors.
- UNSUPERVISED WORK: No one is permitted in the laboratories unless there is a supervisor present.
The laboratory procedures are safe when properly followed, but many of the chemicals used are dangerous if ingested. For safety treat all chemicals and solutions as dangerous. In particular, do not pipet any solution using oral suction because of the danger of ingestion of the solution. Follow the laboratory procedures carefully and wash your hands well after handling any chemical.
THE BEST SAFETY PRECAUTIONS include
ADVANCED PREPARATION for each laboratory and a CLEAN ORGANIZED WORK SPACE. VIOLATION OF ANY SAFETY REGULATION IS GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION FROM THE LABORATORY