Section 2: Lab Safety
Scientists often work in a laboratory to carry out experiments and collect data. A lab may involve flammable chemicals, sharp instruments, or breakable glassware. A set of procedures is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone.
Safety guidelines that should always be followed when in the lab are as follows:
- Act responsibly at all times in the laboratory.
- Follow all instructions given either orally or written.
- Perform ONLY those activities assigned and approved by a teacher.
- Protect eyes, face, hands, and body by wearing proper clothing and using the protective equipment provided.
- Carry out good housekeeping practices as instructed.
- Know the location of safety and first aid equipment in the laboratory.
- Notify a teacher immediately of an emergency.
- NEVER work alone in the laboratory.
- NEVER eat or drink in the laboratory unless instructed to do so by a teacher.
- Handle living organisms or preserved specimens only when authorized by a teacher, and then always carefully and respectfully.
- NEVER enter or work in a supply area unless instructed to do so and supervised by a teacher.
Lab safety symbols:
- Why is it important to follow rules in the lab?