Science Lab Safety Rules
Visit the Safe Operating Procedures Sheet, or go
to the Utah State Science
While in the science laboratory, it is very important to follow all
directions. If you are ever in doubt on how to proceed, ask your teacher!
This is perhaps the most important safe operating procedure
of the science laboratory.
One of the major concerns in the science laboratory is the
use of a Bunsen burner or alcohol lamp. Both involve the use of fire and
flame. Remember that to use such equipment is a privlege. Make sure you
use insulated gloves if picking up a warm or hot object. Do not place body
parts into a flame. Make sure you know where to turn off the gas. Long hair
should be tied back and long sleeves should be rolled up.
Glassware is vital to successful science laboratory experiments.
If not handled with care, glassware can cause serious harm. Notify your
teacher if you break glassware. Dispose of broken glass in the appropriate
container. Remember that to use such equipment is a privlege.
Sharp Instrument Safety
Sharp instruments are needed in the lab. You must never
use or pretend to use sharp instruments on yourself or someone else. Remember
that to use such equipment is a privlege.
Often labs require that you wear safety glasses. The purpose
of such glasses is to prevent damage to your vision. If something should
get into your eyes, make sure to let your teacher know. The glasses shown
here are for impact safety. Safety goggles that are vented should be used
when working with chemicals. Alcohol wipes should be used to clean the
goggles before using. Remember that to use such equipment is a privlege.
Many labs involve the use of electrical
devices. When you plug in such electrical equipment, make sure you include
the ground plug (round). Hold the plug firmly by the insulating cover when
plugging it in or unplugging it. NEVER unplug an electrical device by pulling
on its cord! Remember that to use such equipment is a privlege.
Often labs involve the use of chemicals. Please be careful
to keep chemicals off your skin and out of your mouth and eyes. If you get
any chemical on your skin or in your eyes, INFORM your teacher immediately!
Remember that to use such chemicals is a privlege.
Occasionally you will encounter animals in the science lab.
Please be careful to keep from being bitten. If an animal bites you while
in the lab, INFORM your teacher immediately! Remember that to handle animals
is a privlege.