safety-in-academic-chemistry-laboratories-students

Your laboratory has a plan for everyone to follow if

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Unformatted text preview: such laboratories must be familiar with the locations of this equipment and know how to use it. Properly equipped laboratories will also have fire extinguishers; do not attempt to use a fire extinguisher unless you have been trained in its use by a qualified firefighter. Your laboratory has a plan for everyone to follow if an evacuation is necessary. Be sure that you know both the main and the alternate evacuation routes as well as the procedures for assembling outside the building and accounting for each person who was in the laboratory. In case of an emergency, as much as possible, follow procedures that have been established and that you have practiced. The first and most important step in any emergency procedure is this: Before you help another person, evaluate the potential danger to yourself. If you try to help and are injured, you cannot be of much further help to someone else. ● ● ● ● ● When an emergency occurs, the following actions are recommended: Report the nature and location of the emergency to your instructor and, if necessary, to the appropriate fire or medical facility. State your name, your location, and the telephone number of the telephone you are using. Tell where you will meet the emergency vehicle. If individuals are involved, report how many; whether they are unconscious, burned, or trapped; whether an explosion has occurred; and whether there is or has been a chemical or electrical fire. Tell others in the area about the nature of the emergency. Do not move any injured individuals unless they are in immediate danger from chemical exposure or fire. Keep them warm. Unnecessary movement can severely complicate neck injuries and fractures. Meet the ambulance or fire crews at the place you indicated. Send someone else if you cannot go. Do not make any other telephone calls unless they relate directly to the control of the emergency. Fires Fire Prevention The best way to fight a fire is to prevent it. You can prevent fires and reduce their severity considerably through proper housekeeping and thoughtful refl...
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This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course PHYS 1B at UCSD.

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