OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHEMISTRY LAB SAFETY

 

 

Oklahoma City Community College science laboratories exist to provide you with the opportunity to learn.  Always follow the laboratory rules and safety precautions, as well as the instructions given by your instructor/laboratory supervisor.  Please do not think of the laboratory as recreation. Have a productive time learning, but remember THERE ARE HAZARDS WHICH COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.

 

Some labs require the sharing of equipment and materials. If you should inadvertently break or remove from the laboratory a piece of equipment, you may be preventing other students from completing their lab work. We ask that you exercise care and consideration when handling laboratory equipment.

 

Read the following safety regulations and then indicate with your signature that you understand and agree to comply before beginning any laboratory work.

 

 

LABORATORY RULES AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

 

1.            Do not enter the laboratory when an instructor/lab assistant is not present or the lab door is closed. Finish your lab work in time to clean up before the end of the scheduled lab period.

 

2.            Use an approved disinfectant to clean your lab station at the beginning and end of each lab as directed by the instructor/lab supervisor.

 

3.            Perform only authorized experiments. You must be enrolled in a class with a lab to perform lab work. Children, friends or visitors are not permitted to be with you while you do your lab work.

 

4.            Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times in the chemistry laboratory including when cleaning up following an experiment.  In addition, appropriate personal attire must be worn: a shirt with sleeves and either pants or a skirt that covers the entire leg.  Tank tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, midriff shirts, shorts, and short dresses are not acceptable.  In general, wearing a T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes will be appropriate to meet the lab safety guidelines. 

 

5.            Shoes which offer reasonable protection will be worn while in the laboratory.  Shoes must cover the entire foot, including the toes, the top of the foot, and the heel.  Sandals, flip-flops, slippers, Crocs®, and other open shoes are not permitted in the chemistry lab area.

 

6.            You will not be allowed to complete the lab if you are not dressed appropriately.

 

7.            Eating, drinking, mouth rinsing, applying cosmetics or lip balm or handling contact lenses is prohibited in the lab areas.  No chewing gum is allowed.

 

 

8.            Hair that is longer than shoulder-length must be tied back at all times.  Loose sleeves must be secured as well.

 

9.            Be considerate of others working in the laboratory. Do not distract others while conducting experiments or accomplishing lab activities. When finished with equipment or materials to be shared with others, make the equipment or materials available to others as quickly as possible.

 

10.        Before leaving the lab, clean all equipment, glassware and the work area you have been using.  Return equipment and glassware to their proper places in the laboratory.

 

11.        Know the location and proper use of safety equipment in the laboratory.

 

12.        Immediately notify the lab instructor of chemical spills, broken glass or other hazards. Do not attempt to clean up such mishaps/materials by yourself without first alerting your instructor/lab supervisor.

 

13.        Immediately notify the instructor/lab supervisor of any accidents, injuries, or situations in which exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials in the laboratory has occurred, regardless of how minor they may appear to be.

 

14.        Apply Universal Precautions and Body-Substance Isolation infection control procedures when appropriate to minimize potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

 

15.        You may be exposed to potentially hazardous materials in the process of completing your required laboratory activities. Persons with specific health concerns such as expectant mothers, wearers of contact lenses, persons with known hypersensitivities, etc. should consult their personal physician for advisement about potential risks before continuing in the course.

 

16.        Before doing any laboratory work in labs, view the PowerPoint presentation on lab safety including bloodborne pathogen precautions and successfully complete the safety exam.

 

17.        In case of an emergency, think prior to aiding a fellow person in distress.  Notify your instructor/lab supervisor first. If you then choose to assist an injured person, provide yourself with protection from blood or other potentially infectious materials. If possible exposure occurs, ask for a copy of the incident report and consult with your personal physician.