These are general safety rules for laboratories. Please make sure you go over them, post them in your “classroom” before using any lab material/equipment.
- Never eat, drink or taste anything in the lab.
- NEVER work alone in the lab.
- DO NOT take any materials or chemicals out of the classroom.
- ALWAYS follow your teacher’s instructions.
- ALWAYS ask questions if there is something you don’t understand.
- NEVER enter or work in a supply area unless instructed to by your teacher.
- Help others, warn them if you see something unsafe.
- Horseplay and goofing off are NEVER allowed during lab activities.
- NEVER run in the lab.
Before You Start
- Read the instructions carefully before you begin.
- Make sure you have any safety equipment you might need.
- Remove loose clothing or jewelry and tie back long hair.
- Know where emergency equipment is located.
While You Work
- Work ONLY on activities assigned by your teacher.
- Recheck the directions as you work.
- DO NOT handle any equipment without permission from your teacher.
- Handle living things and preserved specimens with respect, and only when instructed to by your teacher.
- When using sharp objects like scissors or scalpels, always cut away from yourself.
- When dissecting, cut using gentle, constant pressure. NEVER stab at anything.
- Wear gloves when working with dangerous chemicals or handling preserved specimens.
- ALWAYS carry microscopes and test tube racks with two hands.
After You Finish
- Clean and put away all equipment before you leave.
- Turn off and store microscopes as instructed to by your teacher.
- Follow your teacher’s instructions on how to dispose of waste.
- Clean your work area.
ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water.
If there is an accident…
• Notify your teacher immediately of any accident: fire, injury, broken glass, chemical spills, etc.
• Follow your teacher’s instructions in dealing with emergencies.