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Justin Benson Chem 113 Lab 8/27/07 Safety Introduction: This is a list of the top five safety precautions that I believe to be the most beneficial to maintaining a safe laboratory environment. It also contains a brief description as to why I have come to these conclusions. Proper Clothing: Closed toed shoes, snuggly fit clothing, goggles, apron, hair tied back, etc. This is to ensure your safety in the lab to help reduce the risk of accidents like fire, spills, and corrosive chemicals coming in contact with your skin. Cleanliness: Clean up spills, glass, or anything else that may pose a threat to your safety as well as those around you. Accidents are sometimes unavoidable and we are unable to control them. What we can control is the damage after an accident by having the
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Unformatted text preview: knowledge of what to do in that situation. Bunsen Burner: One of the most important skills to have is lighting the Bunsen burner properly. Without this, things like burns, gas leaks, and even explosions can happen. So watch loose clothing and be extra precocious. Chemicals: Treat all chemicals as if they were poisonous. It is always better to be on the safe side. Never taste a chemical in the lab and if approved by your instructor, use the wafting technique to smell chemicals Reagents: Always pour from the reagent bottle into a smaller container. Never pour straight from the reagent bottle. Also never pour chemicals back into the reagent bottle as you may contaminate the entire reagent bottle....
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