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Lab Safety Rules

1. Eye protection is required at all times in the laboratory and where chemicals are handled or stored. Safety glasses are available for your use. Remember think safety first.

2. Shoes must always be worn when working in the laboratory.

3. Long hair should be kept tied back when working with chemicals or near open flame.

4. Food and drink is prohibited in the laboratory and in any of the refrigerators used for the storage of chemicals.

5. Never insert any object into the electrical outlets on the table tops except an electrical plug. Serious injury from electrocution can occur.

6. Radios and cassette players with head phones are not permitted in the laboratory.

7. Never pipet by mouth - use the pipet filters provided.

8. Never pour water into concentrated acid.

9. Never perform experimental work in the laboratory alone after normal hours.

10. Fume hoods should be used when flammable gas, toxic vapors, or noxious odors are given off. Remember to keep the fume hood closed when not in use and keep the hood down to the level of the arrows located on the side of the fume hood. The arrows indicate the location at which the hood achieves maximum air flow.

11. Do not dispose of chemicals down the drains. Ask your instructor of lab director for the proper disposal instructions.

12. Lab coats are strongly recommended when using chemicals.

13. Gloves must be worn when handling corrosives or any dangerous chemicals.

14. Smoking is prohibited in the Peale building.

15. Each worker is responsible for keeping his or her work area neat and orderly. All workers using hoods, ovens, and balances should share the responsibility of keeping these areas clean and orderly.

16. No horse play is allowed in the building.

17. Laboratory benches and aisles should not be used as storage areas or be blocked with any objects. These areas should be kept clean and orderly and clear.

18. All containers must be labeled plainly as to the contents of the container. All chemical containers must have a hazardous information label on them with the appropriate information filled in on them. Consult with your lab director if you see unlabeled containers.

19. Flammable solvents should be stored in an approved solvent storage cabinet or in well ventilated areas. No more than 5 gallons of flammable liquid shall be stored in a metal dot drum in any laboratory. No more than one gallon can be stored in glass containers. No more then is necessary should be stored in the laboratory. All stock flammables should be stored in the chemical storage facility in the basement of Peale.

20. Do not use broken, chipped or badly scratched glassware.

21. Protect hands with gloves, towel, or tubing holder when inserting tubing into stoppers. Lubricate the tubing with water or glycerine. Keep hands on tubing close to the stopper and out of line with end of the tube.