Safety First: Science Lab

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. 

Always remember…

General Rules

  • 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.

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