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Dakota State University Page 6 of 232 Safety Guidelines General Chemistry I and II Lab Manual Most of laboratory safety is common sense. Remember that this is a general guideline,
and therefore may be incomplete. If you are ever unsure about safety, please ask.
Safety goggles are required in the laboratory AT ALL TIMES! Splash hazards are
perhaps the most significant danger present in the lab, and eyes are extremely sensitive.
Contact lenses are not permitted in the lab. Your goggles will protect your eyes from
spill hazards, but do nothing to protect you from fumes, which can dry your contacts out and
may result in the necessity of an operation for their removal. Contact lenses can also absorb
chemicals from the air (especially the new “breathable” lenses), concentrate and hold them
against the eye, and prevent proper flushing of the eye should a chemical be splashed into the
Laboratory aprons must be donned at all times. In the event of a spill, these aprons are
chemical and flame resistant, and could save you from scar tissue!
Sandals, open-toed shoes and high heels are not permitted in the lab. This is to protect
your feet from splashes and spills. The restriction on high heels is for balance.
Shorts or skirts cut above the knee are not permitted in the lab. Again, should a spill
occur, it will be your clothing that will be your protection from direct exposure of the skin to that
chemical. The idea is to put as many layers of clothing as possible between you and a chemical
spill. The more clothing, the more diffuse the chemical will be by the time it reaches the skin,
and the greater the chance to remove the chemical before it reaches your skin.
Careful consideration should be given before wearing any jewelry into the lab. Some
chemicals evaporate very quickly and therefore pose relatively little danger should they get onto
your skin. However, if they get beneath a ring, watch or some other form of jewelry, they can be
prevented from evaporating, held against the skin longer and greatly increase the risk of injury.
Should you decide to wear jewelry to the l b (as I will be wearing my watch), be particularly
mindful of itching, burning or any other irritation under or around your jewelry. (By the way,
NEVER wear opals, pearls, or other "soft gems" in the lab. The harsh laboratory environment
may dry them out or otherwise damage them, and neither your instructor nor DSU will replace or
repair such items.)
Never wear clothes that hang, such as loose sleeves. Be sure ties and scarves are tucked
well inside your laboratory apron. These pose fire hazards (if you are reaching or bending down
near an open flame) as well as chemical hazards (if they accidentally get dragged through a
chemical, they can transport that chemical directly to your skin). In fact, you may want to give
very serious consideration to wearing only very old clo...
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