Laboratory Safety By: Anna Wong Block F 9/26/07
THINK SMART. BE SAFE. <ul><li>In order to have fun doing science experiments, you need to be aware of the dangers and hazards in the laboratory. It is important to respect the safety of yourself and others in the lab. To do this, there are many safety precautions you should follow. Here are some key safety rules to help you think smart and be safe. </li></ul>
Rule #1: NO HORSING AROUND! <ul><li>The laboratory is not a place for being silly. Focus on completing your experiment correctly and safely. You should always conduct yourself with mature and appropriate behavior. </li></ul>
Consequences of Horseplay: One foolish action could result in minor or fatal injuries to yourself and others. HAHA! ...
Rule #2 ALWAYS WEAR GOGGLES AND A SAFETY APRON.
Without goggles, your eyes could be injured by sharp objects or harmful substances. If safety aprons are not worn, your clothing will have no protection from chemicals that can burn or stain fabric. Consequences of Not Wearing Goggles and a Safety Apron:
Rule #3 Tie back long hair and loose clothing when working near an open flame.
Consequences of Loose Clothing and Long Hair: If you do not have your hair and clothing tied back, you are more likely to catch on fire.
Rule #4 Never directly inhale any vapor. To smell a substance, use your hand to wave some of the vapor to your nose.
Consequences of Directly Inhaling Substances: Some chemical fumes are extremely strong and could cause fainting, poisoning, or lung damage if inhaled too deeply.
Rule #5 Be familiar with the location and correct use of the fire extinguisher, fire alarm, fire blanket, safety shower, and first aid kit. If you know what to do in an emergency, you are less likely to panic .
Consequences of Panic in an Emergency: A delayed response in an emergency could cause serious injury to yourself and others. AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!
Following these rules will ensure a happy, safe experience in the laboratory.
Look out for Safety Symbols! Fire Safety Eye Safety Poison Safety Thermal Safety Chemical Safety Clothing Protection Safety Animal Safety Plant Safety Explosion Safety Reference: Glencoe Physical Science Textbook BE SMART! THINK SAFE!