All students are required to follow
the laboratory rules listed below. If
there are additional safety rules you will be notified either verbally or in
writing before the laboratory experiment where these rules apply. Violation of the rules may result in you
being dismissed from the laboratory for that lab period and receiving a zero
for the lab grade. Continual violation
of the rules may result in you being dismissed from the laboratory permanently.
- Approved safety goggles will be worn at
all times. Persons with contact
lenses are encouraged to wear glasses to lab if possible. Students wearing eyeglasses or contacts
must wear safety goggles also.
- No chewing or dipping snuff in the
- No eating or drinking in the laboratory. Any food or beverage brought into the
laboratory will be considered contaminated and will be disposed of
- No horseplay, roughhousing, or any
other form of physical activity not directly required for the experiments
will not be tolerated.
- Students must have supervision while in
the lab. You are not permitted to
work in the laboratory without supervision.
- No unauthorized experiments will be
performed by any student – it could be disastrous.
- No open-toed shoes, sandals, or
huaraches (including Birkenstocks and Tevas) are to be worn in the
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be
knee-length or longer, and all students are reminded that chemicals have a
tendency to spill and stain clothes; students are encouraged to wear old
clothes to lab.
- No exposed midriffs or halter-tops will
be permitted in the lab.
- Long hair (shoulder length or longer)
should be tied back so that it does not hang over open flames or the
student’s face. This rule applies
to both sexes equally.
- All laboratory procedures, such as
pipetting, will be followed. See
the laboratory manual for appropriate procedures.
- All accidents involving personal
injury, no matter how minor the injury, must be reported to the student
worker or instructor immediately.
- Students must know the locations of the
eyewashes and safety showers.
- Caps, hats, bonnets, hoods, or other
forms of head covering are not allowed in the lab or the classroom.
- Your instructor will discuss with you
all other pertinent guidelines.
- Absolutely no baggy clothing are allowed in the lab and all pants must be
secured at the waistline.
1-12 have been adapted from Safety in Academic Chemical Laboratories,
American Chemical Society, Washington DC, 1990.