Lab Safety Tips and Checklist
Learn safety tips for labs, including proper attire, glassware handling, and clean-up protocol. Use the checklist before, during, and after lab activities.
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1. Discuss • 1) In what ways can we be safe in a lab? • 2) What is 1 thing you wear in a lab?
2. Lab Safety Checking for Understanding with the following headings Before the Lab During the Lab If there’s a problem… For glassware Cleaning up
4. BEFORE THE LAB
5. Dress properly during a laboratory activity. Long hair, dangling jewelry, and loose or baggy clothing are a hazard in the laboratory. Long hair must be tied back, and dangling jewelry and baggy clothing must be secured. Shoes must completely cover the foot. No sandals allowed on lab days.
6. Get your googles from the cabinet
7. Which Ms. Morris- O’Hearn is ready for the lab?
9. Don’t touch, until told When first entering a science room, do not touch any equipment, chemicals, or other materials in the laboratory area until you are instructed to do so.
10. Where’s the safety equipment? Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety equipment including: first aid kit(s), and fire extinguisher. Know where the fire alarm and the exits are located.
11. T-1: Fire Extinguiser is by the door, first aid is by the whiteboard
12. No food Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory. Do not use laboratory glassware as containers for food or beverages.
13. Know the directions Follow ALL written and verbal instructions carefully. If you do not understand a direction or a part of the procedure, ASK YOUR TEACHER BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE ACTIVITY!
14. Before the Lab—Answer in complete sentences 1) How do we dress for a lab? 2) What is the rule about food and gum? 3) Can you touch equipment before being told?
15. During the Lab
16. Be responsible Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.
17. Use waste containers so you don’t contaminate the original material
18. Work together Never work alone in the laboratory. No student may work in the science classroom without the presence of a teacher.
19. Authorized experiments only! Perform only those experiments authorized by your teacher. Carefully follow all instructions, both written and oral. Unauthorized experiments are not allowed.
20. Avoid hazards Be prepared for your work in the laboratory. Read all procedures thoroughly before entering the laboratory. Never fool around in the laboratory. Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.
21. Keep your area organized and label everything Observe good housekeeping practices. Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times.
22. Don’t wander Experiments must be personally monitored at all times. Do not wander around the room, distract other students, startle other students or interfere with the laboratory experiments of others.
23. Goggles on at all times Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used, students will wear safety goggles. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE
24. Ask for help If you do not understand how to use a piece of equipment, ASK THE TEACHER FOR HELP!
25. During the Lab—Answer in complete sentences 1) When can you take off your goggles? 2) What are 3 ways you can ensure that the lab is safe? 3) If you take too much of a chemical then___________________
27. YELL FOR HELP If you or your lab partner is hurt, immediately (and loudly) yell out the teacher's name to get the teacher's attention. Do not panic.
28. USE the eye wash If a chemical should splash in your eye(s) or on your skin, immediately flush with running water for at least 20 minutes. Immediately (and loudly) yell out the teacher's name to get the teacher's attention.
29. Notify of dangerous hazards Be alert and proceed with caution at all times in the laboratory. Notify the teacher immediately of any unsafe conditions you observe
30. Report accidents or injuries Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the teacher immediately, no matter how trivial it seems. Do not panic.
31. T-21: Fire Extinguiser is by the fridge, first aid is on the bookcases
32. Know what to do in a drill Know what to do if there is a fire drill during a laboratory period; containers must be closed, and any electrical equipment turned off
33. If there is a problem… 1) What should you do if someone is injured? 2) Where is the first aid located? 3) What do you do if something gets in your eyes?
34. FOR GLASSWARE
35. Use clean, unbroken glassware Examine glassware before each use. Never use chipped, cracked, or dirty glassware.
36. Don’t touch broken glass Never handle broken glass with your bare hands. Tell the teacher immediately, the teacher will clean it up.
37. Nothing hot in the sink Do not immerse hot glassware in cold water. The glassware may shatter.
38. Be careful with the hot plate Do not operate a hot plate by yourself. Take care that hair, clothing, and hands are a safe distance from the hot plate at all times. Use of hot plate is only allowed in the presence of the teacher.
39. Use tongs for hot items Heated glassware remain very hot for a long time. They should be set aside in a designated place to cool, and picked up with caution. Use tongs or heat protective gloves if necessary.
40. Don’t watch a boiling test tube Never look into a container that is being heated.
41. Don’t touch hot plates or test tubes Do not place hot apparatus directly on the laboratory desk. Always use an insulated pad. Allow plenty of time for hot apparatus to cool before touching it.
42. Always use your brain ALWAYS think before you do something!!!!
44. For glassware 1) What things can happen to glassware that you should be aware of? 2) How should you touch glassware that has been on the hot plate? 3) Why shouldn’t you look at a boiling test tube?
45. CLEANING UP
46. Wash your hands Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth, and body while using chemicals or lab equipment. Wash your hands with soap and water after performing all experiments.
48. Dispose of chemicals • Dispose of chemicals in waste containers, not down the sink
49. Cleaning 1) What do you do with the chemicals that you have finished with? 2) What should you do before you leave the lab?
50. Goal—100% on safety quiz
51. Safety Contract Read the safety contract and sign it. See me if you wear contacts I will be holding you to your word! Quiz—Monday. Set an alarm.