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  1. 1. Science Safety Guidelines
  2. 2. Read The Instructions Before You Start <ul><li>Be sure you understand each lab before you begin. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for HELP if you do not understand the procedures or are not sure how to handle a chemical </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel uncomfortable doing something… DON’T DO IT! </li></ul><ul><li>IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY!!!!... </li></ul>
  3. 3. Clean up all Messes Immediately <ul><li>This isn’t a pig pen </li></ul><ul><li>The lab area should be clean and clear of all clutter </li></ul><ul><li>If the lab area is not clean you must clean the area before you begin the experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the lab area clean for the next class </li></ul>
  4. 4. Handle Chemicals Properly <ul><li>Be sure to handle and dispose of chemicals carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid breathing or coming into contact with these substances. They may be easily absorbed through the skin and mucus membranes. </li></ul><ul><li>Always wear gloves and your goggles </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fire Safety Skills <ul><li>If there is a fire notify your teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Smother the blaze with a fire blanket or use a fire extinguisher </li></ul><ul><li>If you catch on fire REMEMBER: Stop, Drop, and Roll. Never run; it adds oxygen to the fire, making it burn faster. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Protect Your Skin <ul><li>Wear protective gloves whenever working with chemicals. </li></ul><ul><li>If a chemical happens to spill on your skin notify the teacher and flush the area with water for 15 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>If irritation occurs have the school nurse and your parents look at it. </li></ul><ul><li>If you go to the doctor take all the information about the chemical with you </li></ul>
  7. 7. Save Your Nosehairs Waft <ul><li>If you need to smell a chemical as part of a lab activity, hold it 6 to 10 inches below and way from you nose. Wave your hand over the opening of the container “wafting” some of the fumes toward you. </li></ul><ul><li>Wafting allows you to safely smell some of the fumes without exposing you to large doses. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lose the Comedy Routine <ul><li>Horseplay can lead to injury to your classmates or yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Chemicals may be spilled leading to random genetic mutations, accidental fires may be started, glass may get broken, and equipment may be damaged. </li></ul><ul><li>No running, punching, or shoving during lab time </li></ul>
  9. 9. No Eating During Lab <ul><li>When you put food in your mouth that has been lying around in the lab area, you run the risk of possible ingesting a poison. </li></ul><ul><li>If the lab calls for you to eat something be sure that the lab area, your hands, and the equipment that you are using are clean </li></ul>
  10. 10. Organize Your Lab <ul><li>Follow directions </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how and where everything goes. All lab equipment has a specific place where it is stored. </li></ul><ul><li>It will help the next lab group </li></ul>
  11. 11. Basic Lab Guidelines <ul><li>Use common sense when working with science equipment and materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Be alert and proceed with caution when doing a science experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep accurate records of your experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear the proper safety equipment such as goggles or glasses and rubber gloves, when needed. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Roll up long sleeves above the elbow before doing a science experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Tie back long hair before doing a science experiment. </li></ul><ul><li>Never taste any materials (unless specifically directed by the teacher) </li></ul><ul><li>Only touch and manipulate materials as directed by the teacher. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>When using any substance, keep your hands away from your face and wash your hands after touching any substance. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid bumping into others while working on experiments. Stay in your assigned place until all tasks are completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the work area free of spilled materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Share in cleaning up materials after experiment is completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow these safety guidelines when repeating experiments at home or elsewhere. </li></ul>