Science Lab


Safety Standards of Student Conduct in the Classroom, Laboratory, and in the Field

1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times. Frivolous activities, mischievous behavior, throwing items, and conducting pranks are prohibited.
2. Lab and safety information and procedures must be read ahead of time. All verbal and written instructions shall be followed in carrying out the activity or investigation.
3. Eating, drinking, gum chewing, applying cosmetics, manipulating contact lenses, and other unsafe activities are not permitted in the laboratory.
4. Working in the laboratory without the instructor present is prohibited.
5. Unauthorized activities or investigations are prohibited. Unsupervised work is not permitted.
6. Entering preparation or chemical storage areas is prohibited at all times.
7. Removing chemicals or equipment from the classroom or laboratory is prohibited unless authorized by the instructor.
Personal Safety
8. Sanitized indirectly vented chemical splash goggles or safety glasses as appropriate (meeting the ANSI Z87.1 standard) shall be worn during activities or demonstrations in the classroom, laboratory, or field, including pre-laboratory work and clean-up, unless the instructor specifically states that the activity or demonstration does not require the use of eye protection.
9. When an activity requires the use of laboratory aprons, the apron shall be appropriate to the size of the student and the hazard associated with the activity or investigation. The apron shall remain tied throughout the activity or investigation.
10.All accidents, chemical spills, and injuries must be reported immediately to the instructor, no matter how trivial they may seem at the time. Follow your instructor’s directions for immediate treatment.
11.Dress appropriately for laboratory work by protecting your body with clothing and shoes. This means that you should use hair ties to tie back long hair and tuck into the collar. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing or dangling jewelry on laboratory days. Acrylic nails are also a safety hazard near heat sources and should not be used. Sandals or open-toed shoes are not to be worn during any lab activities. Refer to prelab instructions. If in doubt, ask!
12.Know the location of all safety equipment in the room. This includes eye wash stations, the deluge shower, fire extinguishers, the fume hood, and the safety blanket. Know the location of emergency master electric and gas shut offs and exits.
13.Certain classrooms may have living organisms including plants in aquaria or other containers. Students must not handle organisms without specific instructor authorization. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling organisms and plants.
14.When an activity or investigation requires the use of laboratory gloves for hand protection, the gloves shall be appropriate for the hazard and worn throughout the activity.