Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Safety
Upon entering the laboratory, locate exits, fire extinguisher, fire
blanket, chemical shower, eyewash station, first aid kit, containers for
broken glass, and materials for cleaning up spills.
Do not eat, drink, smoke, handle contact lenses, store food, or apply
cosmetics or lip balm in the laboratory. Restrain long hair, loose clothing,
and dangling jewelry.
Students who are pregnant, taking immunosuppressive drugs, or
who have any other medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, immunological
defect) that might necessitate special precautions in the laboratory must
inform the instructor immediately.
Wearing contact lenses in the laboratory is inadvisable because they
do not provide eye protection and may trap material on the surface of the
eye. Soft contact lenses may absorb volatile chemicals. If possible, wear
regular eyeglasses instead.
Use safety glasses in all experiments involving liquids, aerosols,
vapors, and gases.
Decontaminate work surfaces at the beginning and end of every lab
period, using a commercially prepared disinfectant or 10% bleach solution.
After labs involving dissection of preserved material, use hot soapy water
Keep all liquids away from the edge of the lab bench to avoid spills.
Clean up spills of viable materials using disinfectant or 10% bleach
Properly label glassware and slides.
Use mechanical pipetting devices; mouth pipetting is prohibited.
Wear disposable gloves when handling blood and other body fluids,
mucous membranes, and nonintact skin, and when touching items or
surfaces soiled with blood or other body fluids. Change gloves between
procedures. Wash hands immediately after removing gloves. (
open cuts or scrapes with a sterile bandage before donning gloves.)
Place glassware and plasticware contaminated by blood and other
body fluids in a disposable autoclave bag for decontamination by