Safe Lab Practices
- No Food or Drink.
- Wear Your PPE and Proper Lab Attire.
- Good Hygiene.
- Use Proper Storage Containers.
- Label Your Work Space.
- Don’t Work Alone.
- Stay Focused and Aware of Your Surroundings.
- Participate in Safety Exercises.
Why are there laboratory rules?
Chemical safety rules – Since almost every lab uses chemicals of some sort, chemical safety rules are a must. Following these policies helps employees avoid spills and other accidents, as well as damage to the environment outside of the lab. These rules also set a clear procedure for employees to follow in the event that a spill does occur, in order to ensure it is cleaned up properly and injuries are avoided.
Every chemical should be treated as though it were dangerous.
Do not allow any solvent to come into contact with your skin.
All chemicals should always be clearly labeled with the name of the substance, its concentration, the date it was received, and the name of the person responsible for it.
Before removing any of the contents from a chemical bottle, read the label twice.
Never take more chemicals from a bottle than you need for your work.
Do not put unused chemicals back into their original container.
Chemicals or other materials should never be taken out of the laboratory.
Chemicals should never be mixed in sink drains.
Flammable and volatile chemicals should only be used in a fume hood.
If a chemical spill occurs, clean it up right away.
Ensure that all chemical waste is disposed of properly.
What is the first rule of lab safety?
Dress for the Lab – Andrew Brookes / Getty Images Dress for the lab. This is a safety rule because your clothing is one of your best forms of protection against an accident. For any science lab, wear covered shoes, long pants, and keep your hair up so it can’t fall into your experiment or a flame.
What are the lab safety rules for chemistry?
Lab Techniques & Safety: Crash Course Chemistry #21
Never touch, taste, or smell any reagents. Never place the container directly under your nose and inhale the vapors. Never mix or use chemicals not called for in the laboratory exercise.
What is correct lab safety?
Practice Good Housekeeping and Personal Hygiene –
Avoid direct contact with any chemical. Never smell, inhale or taste laboratory chemicals. Always wash hands and arms with soap and water after removing gloves and before leaving the work area. Never eat, drink, chew gum or tobacco, smoke or apply cosmetics in the laboratory. Do not pick up broken glass with your hands. Use tongs or other mechanical means. Remove Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and lab coats before leaving the lab. Remove gloves before handling common items like phones, instruments, door knobs, etc. Keep all work areas clean and uncluttered. Wipe down benches with cleaners or disinfectants regularly. Do not block emergency showers, eye washes, exits or hallways.