ABAC SCIENCES LABORATORY SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

I.        LABORATORY ATTIRE AND PROTECTION

A.   Approved safety goggles

   Goggles worn in laboratories MUST be chemical splash goggles that are approved by the ABAC Science Department according to ANSI Z87.1-2003 and OSHA 1910.1450 standards. Safety glasses, impact goggles, and all unapproved goggles and glasses are not allowed to be worn in laboratories.

   You will NOT be allowed to work in the laboratory without the approved chemical splash safety goggles, unless explicitly told otherwise by the course instructor.

   Approved chemical splash safety goggles MUST be worn in the laboratory from the time laboratory activities begin until you are outside of the laboratory.

B.   General laboratory attire

   Clothing worn in the laboratory MUST provide adequate protection from the neck to the feet.

   Shirts or blouses must cover shoulders, underarms, and the entire abdominal and back area when standing, sitting, or reaching. No sleeveless, spaghetti strap, halter, strapless, or open-back shirts are allowed to be worn in the laboratory. Shirts with sleeves that have splits or holes down the arm and/or are flowing are not allowed to be worn.

   No shorts, skirts, dresses, capris, Bermuda shorts, cropped pants, pants with holes or rips that expose skin, or any other pants that do not completely cover the leg are permitted in the laboratory. (Long skirts, long dresses, and cropped pants that meet the other dress code requirements may be worn when paired with boots that cover exposed skin on the leg and foot area.)

   Leggings or similar items of tight-fitting clothing are not allowed to be worn in the laboratory because they do not provide an adequate barrier between your skin and hazards such as chemical spills and fires.

   Appropriate shoes must be worn in the laboratory. Sandals, sandals with socks, open-toe shoes, clogs, flats, ballerina flats, crocs, and any shoe that does not completely cover the foot area are not appropriate laboratory footwear and are not allowed to be worn. The entire foot must be covered with shoe material, preferably leather.

   Synthetic fibers can decompose when exposed to certain chemicals. Choose your clothing carefully. It is best to wear old clothes that are made from natural fibers, such as cotton or wool.

   Loose hair, neckties, head coverings, or unconstrained clothing can be a fire hazard and must be controlled or removed while working in the laboratory.

II.      SPECIAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS

   Notify your laboratory instructor confidentially of any special medical condition that may affect your performance in the laboratory. This includes (but is not limited to) asthma, allergies, epilepsy, deafness and pregnancy. This is solely to prepare the instructor or to provide information in case of an emergency. Certain laboratory courses may not be suitable for those with certain medical conditions. This should be discussed with appropriate health care professionals.

   Students who wear contact lenses must understand that they may be required to remove their lenses quickly in the event of an accident and that primary consideration will be given to their eyesight, even if this action results in loss or damage to the contact lenses themselves. Contact lenses must be removed prior to using an eyewash station. It is advisable to wear glasses instead of contacts.

III.   LABORATORY PROCEDURES

A.No Food or Beverages.

   NO FOOD, BEVERAGES, CHEWING GUM, OR CHEWING TOBACCO are permitted in the laboratory. Contamination may occur if these items are present in the laboratory facilities.

   Food and drink containers and wrappers are not allowed in the laboratroy.

   Throw away all food and drink containers BEFORE entering the lab facility. Do not put any food or drink containers, wrappers, candy or gum wrapper, or any food or drink item in the trashcans inside the laboratory. This is a finable OSHA offense.

   Do not eat, drink, or taste anything in the laboratory. Do not use any container including your hands to drink any liquid inside the lab. Do not use your hand to drink water out of the sink.

   Do not leave food or drink containers outside any lab, unattended.

B.   Personal Belongings

   All aisles must remain clear. Backpacks, bags, coats, books, etc. must be properly stored as directed by the instructor.

   Only have the necessary items you will need for lab on your lab bench. Place all other items including cell phones and technology devices in your bag or backpack and stored away.

IV.    Chemical Safety

   Place all chemical waste into labeled WASTE DISPOSAL BOTTLES as directed by your laboratory instructor.

   Do not place any material down the sink drain without explicit direction of the instructor. Do not place any waste (like paper or matches) into the sinks.

   NEVER return chemicals into stock chemical containers FOR ANY REASON.

   No smoking in the laboratory. Smoking is prohibited in the building and is a fire hazard that may ignite flammable solvents.

   No pipetting by mouth. NEVER pipette any reagent directly out of a stock bottle. Pour the reagent into a clean, labeled beaker or other suitable container and pipette the amount needed.

   Your instructor will inform you when chemicals or experiments should remain under the fume hood.

   When diluting acids or bases, pour the concentrated reagent into the water. NEVER ADD WATER TO A CONCENTRATED ACID OR BASE. DO NOT dilute any acid or base without instruction and supervision from your instructor.

   Do not use your hand or thumb as a stopper when shaking a bottle or test tube to mix the contents. Plug the opening with a suitable stopper.

V.      Equipment and Glassware Safety

   After using a Bunsen burner, make sure that BOTH the needle valve on the burner AND the main gas valve are COMPLETELY CLOSED. Flames must always be attended and flammable materials must be kept away from the flame.

   Do not place stoppered test tubes or flasks into hot or boiling water baths. Point the test tube away from yourself or anyone else when heating materials in a test tube.

   Always add boiling chips to a cold solution, not after the solution has been heated.

   Use caution when handling hot glassware. Hot glassware looks EXACTLY like cold glassware. When in doubt, treat glassware as hot. The back of the hand is more temperature sensitive that the palm and fingers. Placing the back of the hand 10 cm away from glassware MAY provide a better indication of the temperature than would the palm or fingers.

   Do not use any equipment in the laboratories without direction, instruction, and supervision from the instructor. Improper use of equipment without permission and direction from the instructor that results in damages will be at the fault of the student. The student will be responsible for any damages and repairs and be given and incomplete for the class until the replacement fee has been paid in full. Fees must be paid to the Administrative Assistant of School of Science and Mathematics.

VI.    Lab Cleanliness

               Always remove gloves BEFORE leaving the laboratory or using pieces of technology (cellphones, iPads, laptops, etc.) in order to prevent contamination and potential safety hazards.

               Always wash hands thoroughly at the end of each laboratory session.

               Clean and dry the lab bench at the end of each laboratory experiment.

               Return all lab materials to their proper storage locations. Replace caps on all solutions and stock solutions.

               Clean and dry any slides that have been used and return them to their appropriate boxes/trays. DO NOT leave these on the counters.

               Wash all used glassware before leaving the laboratory. Leave pieces on drying rack or return to drawer or storage location.

               Do not use paper towels to dry test tubes. Invert the test tube on a drying rack or use acetone IF AUTHORIZED BY THE INSTRUCTOR.

VII. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: ACCIDENTS, SPILLS, CHEMICAL CONTAMINATIONS, INJURIES, AND EVACUATION

   NEVER work alone in the laboratory. NO UNAUTHORIZED EXPERIMENTS WILL BE PERMITTED.

   The laboratory is NOT a place for clowning around or horseplay. Such activities will NOT be tolerated. Any student whose actions pose a threat to the safety or well being of anyone in the lab will be expelled from the laboratory at the direction of the instructor.

   Anyone who is not a member of the class (e.g. a child, friend, spouse) is not permitted in the laboratory under any circumstances.

   Notify your instructor IMMEDIATELY of any spill, chemical contamination, allergic response, or injury.

   NEVER pick up broken glass with your fingers. Use the brush and dustpan located with the glass disposal container near the fumehood. If this is not adequate to remove all broken glass, use tongs or forceps. Absolutely no glass will be placed into the general wastebaskets. All disposed glass must go into the broken glass container.

   In the event of a cut, NOTIFY YOUR INSTRUCTOR IMMEDIATELY! DO NOT LEAVE YOUR LABORATORY STATION!

   Each student MUST KNOW the location and proper usage of the eye wash stations, emergency showers, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and emergency telephone.

   Each student must be familiar with the following evacuation procedures:

- In the event of a fire alarm, all Bunsen burners and electrical/electronic equipment should be turned off and everyone should proceed over to the designated area so the instructor can check attendance. Move well away from the building.

- In the event of a tornado warning continuous siren all Bunsen burners and electrical/electronic equipment should be turned off and everyone should proceed to the central east-west corridor on the ground level of Britt Hall.

- In the event of chemical contamination on any part of the body, including the eye, flush the affected area with COPIOUS amounts of water.

- If a piece of clothing has become badly contaminated, REMOVE IT! Contaminated clothing must be removed immediately to prevent chemical seepage and serious injury.

- In the case of a serious injury, EMS will provide emergency medical care and, if necessary, will transport the injured person(s) to an emergency medical facility. THE INJURED PERSON(S) IS (ARE) RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CHARGES ASSESSED BY THE AMBULANCE SERVICE AS WELL AS THE COST OF ANY ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE.

VIII.     CONSEQUENCES

   Failure to follow the set forth lab laboratory rules/safety procedures and instructions will result in one or more of the following:

1.       Dismissal from lab for the day, resulting in a zero for that lab

2.       Reduction of a grade by a letter

3.       Failure of the course

4.       Other actions as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

   Appropriate laboratory attire is at the final ruling of the ABAC laboratory coordinators, the science department head, and the Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics.

   Penalties for misuse of equipment will result in fines and an incomplete for the course until fines have been paid in full.

 

 

Semester: _______________ Course: ________________ Instructor: ___________________ Day and Time of Lab: _________________

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand these safety regulations and that I will abide by them in this laboratory course. I also understand the consequences of not following the regulations, rules, and procedures in the ABAC Sciences Laboratory Safety and Procedures.

 

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Semester: _______________ Course: ________________ Instructor: ___________________ Day and Time of Lab: _________________

 

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand these safety regulations and that I will abide by them in this laboratory course. I also understand the consequences of not following the regulations, rules, and procedures in the ABAC Sciences Laboratory Safety and Procedures.

 

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Semester: _______________ Course: ________________ Instructor: ___________________ Day and Time of Lab: _________________

 

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand these safety regulations and that I will abide by them in this laboratory course. I also understand the consequences of not following the regulations, rules, and procedures in the ABAC Sciences Laboratory Safety and Procedures.

 

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Semester: _______________ Course: ________________ Instructor: ___________________ Day and Time of Lab: _________________

 

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand these safety regulations and that I will abide by them in this laboratory course. I also understand the consequences of not following the regulations, rules, and procedures in the ABAC Sciences Laboratory Safety and Procedures.

 

PRINTED NAME: _____________________________________________________________________

 

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Semester: _______________ Course: ________________ Instructor: ___________________ Day and Time of Lab: _________________

 

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand these safety regulations and that I will abide by them in this laboratory course. I also understand the consequences of not following the regulations, rules, and procedures in the ABAC Sciences Laboratory Safety and Procedures.

 

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Semester: _______________ Course: ________________ Instructor: ___________________ Day and Time of Lab: _________________

 

My signature below indicates that I have read and understand these safety regulations and that I will abide by them in this laboratory course. I also understand the consequences of not following the regulations, rules, and procedures in the ABAC Sciences Laboratory Safety and Procedures.

 

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