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Lab Safety


Activation of any emergency equipment (eye wash / shower / fire blanket/ etc.) without a REAL emergency occurring is considered the same as initiating a false fire alarm, and is punishable. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken for laboratory offenses and all school CODE OF CONDUCT rules will be enforced.


While performing a Lab Activity, I will....

1.       ALWAYS know the location of safety and first aid equipment including: fire extinguisher, eyewash, safety shower, fire blanket, and first aid kit.

2.       ALWAYS conduct myself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory (NO “horseplay”).

3.       ALWAYS wear aprons and splash goggles when instructed to do so by the teacher or lab procedure.

4.       ALWAYS report any accident, incident, or unsafe situation to the teacher.

5.       ALWAYS read labels and instructions carefully.

6.       ALWAYS follow all instructions given by the teacher, and only make changes as instructed by the teacher. Listen to oral instructions and/or protocol changes carefully!

7.       ALWAYS clean and return equipment at the end of lab. Wash hands thoroughly.

8.       ALWAYS wear appropriate clothing for the lab. Shoes that cover the foot must be worn. Full-length pants must be worn. Open-toed shoes, shorts/short skirts/capri pants, and loose shirt sleeves are NOT permitted in the lab. Individuals with long hair should secure their hair up and away to ensure safety and prevent interference with labs and equipment.


9.     ALWAYS demonstrate responsible behavior with electronic devices if allowed to use them in class.


While performing a Lab Activity, I will....

1.       NEVER place others or myself in danger by acting inappropriately.

2.       NEVER touch, taste, or smell any substance without teacher permission and instructions.

3.       NEVER eat food, drink, or chew gum in lab.

4.       NEVER conduct unauthorized activities. Stick with the script and protocol of the investigation!

5.       NEVER handle broken glass with your hands. Notify the teacher and dispose of broken glass as instructed by your teacher. Always check glassware for cracks before starting any procedure.


Biology / Anatomy and Physiology / Other Life Sciences

1.        Wash all dissection equipment carefully. Scissors must dry with blades open or they will rust.

2.        Pay attention to the location of microscope cords so they are not pulled off the table.

3.        Avoid electrical shock by:

a. pulling the plug and not the cord when disconnecting power cords.

b. keeping work areas, hands, and feet dry when working with electrical apparatus.

       c not placing unauthorized objects in electrical outlets.

4.        Do not take any anatomical parts of dissected specimens and/or organisms out of the laboratory.

5.        Care should always be considered when dealing with sharp objects and laboratory equipment. Scissors, probes, tweezers, razor blades, scalpels, and other equipment should be handled with care as instructed and demonstrated by the teacher.