- Safety goggles must be worn in the lab at all times when any experiment is in progress.
- Students will be charged for malicious or excessive equipment breakage.
- A five-dollar charge will be assessed for lost laboratory locker keys.
- Laboratory checkout must be completed prior to dropping the course. ANY STUDENT WHO FAILS TO CHECK OUT OF THE LAB WILL BE CHARGED $10.00.
- Each student is responsible for keeping his or her section of the lab bench, chemicals, containers and equipment used (glassware, balances, mp, GC, IR, etc.) clean and orderly.
- DO NOT discard boiling chips, broken glass or paper in the sinks.
- Return all community equipment to the APPROPRIATE drawers.
While you are in the laboratory:
- Wear safety goggles at all times that protect against chemical splash. Even if you have finished doing the experiment, you must wear your goggles if other people are still working.
- Wear shoes that provide protection for you feet. Open-toed shoes, flip-flops, sandals are not allowed.
- Contact lenses should not be worn in the laboratory. Safety goggles cannot protect your eyes from vapors that may concentrate behind the lenses. If you choose to wear contact lenses in the laboratory,you do so at your own risk. Also, please tell your instructor so that he/she will be prepared in the event of an accident.
- Tie back long hair. Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves.
- Never run or rush in the laboratory.
- Never bring food or drinks into the laboratory.
- Never work in the laboratory except during class time.
- Never bring visitors into the lab without the instructor's permission.
- Never attempt any experiment that is not on the schedule. If you want to modify any experiment, you must obtain your instructor's permission.
- Memorize the locations of eye-washing facilities, showers, fire extinguishers and emergency phones. I-pods are not allowed in the lab. Using earphones to listen to music during an experiment is an unsafe practice. It is important that students can hear announcements and follow directions given by the instructor.
When you are working with chemicals:
- Never look into the opening of any vessel that contains chemicals.
- Never bring vessels that contain chemicals near your face. (Keep your face as far back as possible when you are stirring or heating chemicals to help keep the chemicals from splashing on you.)
- Never allow chemicals to come in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, skin or clothing.
- Never leave a reaction unattended.
- Never pour or handle flammable substances near an open flame, and be aware of the flames and flammable substances your classmates are using.
- Never add water to concentrated acids or bases.
- Never mix concentrated acids and bases.
- Never return unused reagents to stock bottles. Take only what you need and dispose of the rest.
- Read all reagent labels and lab directions carefully.
- All work involving chemicals should be performed in the hoods. No chemicals are allowed on the center benches.
In case of an accident:
- If a hazardous chemical comes in contact with your skin, eyes, mouth or clothing, immediately flush the area with cold water and have a classmate report the incident to your instructor. If you are unsure whether a particular chemical is hazardous or not, treat it as if it were hazardous.
- Report all chemical spills, including even minor mercury spills, to your instructor.
- If you spill an acid or a base, ask your instructor to help you neutralize it before you wipe it up.
- Wipe up all spills promptly and keep your hood bench top neat, clean and dry.
A Final Word
Exercise care at all times. Safety is your most important responsibility to yourself and your classmates.