The Biochemistry laboratory can be a
place of discovery and learning.
It can be a place of danger if proper
common-sense precautions aren't taken
Conduct yourself in a
responsible manner at all
times in the laboratory
Follow all instructions
Do not play in the laboratory
Do not use any laboratory
equipment until you are told to do so
Do not perform any laboratory
procedure until you are told to do so
lab coat in
Tie long hair
neatly at the
back of the neck
Wear shoes that
Follow all written and verbal instructions
If you do not understand a direction or
part of a procedure, ASKYOURTEACHER
Never work alone in
No student may
work in the
the presence of the
Perform only those experiments
authorized by your
teacher. Carefully follow all
instructions, both written and oral.
Keep hands away from
face, eyes, mouth, and body while using
chemicals or lab equipment.
Wash your hands with soap and water
after performing all experiments.
Be alert and proceed with caution at all
times in the laboratory.
Notify the teacher immediately of any
unsafe conditions you observe.
Labels and equipment instructions must
be read carefully before use.
Set up and use the equipment as directed
by your teacher.
Many common reagents, for
example, alcohols and acetone, are
Do not use them anywhere near open
Always pour acids into water.
If you pour water into acid, the heat of
reaction will cause the water to explode
into steam, sometimes violently, and the
acid will splatter.
Never point a test tube or any vessel that
you are heating at yourself or your
neighbor--it may erupt like a geyser.
Beware of hot glass--it looks exactly
like cold glass.
Never eat, drink or
smoke in a laboratory
Never apply cosmetics
Never touch your
face, mouth or eyes
Breakage of glassware
Pressure equipment & gas cylinders
Extremes of heat & cold
Always do a visual check on electrical
equipment before use, looking for
obvious wear or defects
Keep your workplace
Clear up waste, deal
with washing up and
put things away as
you finish with them
Report any accident
(spill, breakage, etc.) or injury
(cut, burn, etc.) to the teacher
immediately, no matter how trivial it
DO NOT PANIC
AID For all chemical splashes, wash with
plenty of water for 10 minutes
Control bleeding with direct
pressure, avoiding any foreign bodies
such as glass
Never handle broken glass with your
bare hands. Use a brush and dustpan to
clean up broken glass. Place broken glass
in the designated glass disposal
If you do not understand how to use a
piece of equipment,
Dispose of all chemical waste properly.
Never mix chemicals in sink drains.
Sinks are to be used only for water.
Check with your teacher for disposal of
chemicals and solutions.