LAB SAFETY
C. Massengale

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    An important part of your biology work will take place in the laboratory.  The lab is a safe environment in which to work if some general rules are observed and if the people who work in the lab are informed and careful.  THESE GUIDELINES ARE SPECIFICALLY FOR BIOLOGY.

Read the following safety rules to make sure that you understand each rule.  Ask your teacher about the rules that are unclear to you.  When you are sure that you understand all of the safety rules, sign and date the contract in the space provided.  Signing the contract indicates that you are aware of the rules of the laboratory. 

 You will be allowed to work in the lab only after you have signed this contract, had your parent sign the contract, made a MAP OF THE ROOM INDICATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND EMERGENCY EXITS, and have PASSED A SAFETY TEST.  

GENERAL GUIDELINES

1.     Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.

2.    FOLLOW ALL WRITTEN AND VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS carefully.  If you do not understand a direction or part of a procedure, ask the instructor before proceeding.

3.    Never work alone.  No student may work in the laboratory without an instructor present.

4.    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.

5.    DO NOT EAT FOOD OR DRINK beverages in the laboratory.  Do not use laboratory glassware as containers for food or beverages.

6.    PERFORM ONLY THOSE EXPERIMENTS AUTHORIZED.

7.    Be prepared for your work in the laboratory.  Read all procedures thoroughly before starting the laboratory experiment.

8.    Never fool around in the laboratory.  Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.

9.    OBSERVE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING PRACTICES.  Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times.  Bring only your laboratory instructions, worksheets, and/or reports to the work area.  Other materials (books, purses, backpacks, etc.) should be stored under your chairs or in the classroom area.

10.  Keep aisles clear.  Push your chair under the desk or table.

11.  Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety equipment including the first aid kit, eyewash station, safety shower, fire extinguisher, and fire blanket.  Know where the fire alarm and the exits are located.

12.  Be alert and proceed with caution at all times in the laboratory.  Notify the instructor immediately of any unsafe conditions you observe.

13.  Dispose of all chemical waste properly.  Never mix chemicals in sink drains.  Sinks are to be used only for water and those solutions designated by the instructor.  Solid chemicals, metals, matches, filter paper, and all other insoluble materials are to be disposed of in the proper waste containers, not in the sink.

14.  Labels and equipment instructions must be read carefully before use.  Set up and use prescribed apparatus as directed in the laboratory instructions or by your instructor.

15.  KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM FACE, eyes, mouth, and body while using chemicals or preserved specimens.  Wash your hands with soap and water after performing all experiments.  Clean all work surfaces and apparatus at the end of the experiment.  Return all equipment clean and in working order to the proper storage area.

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