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Your safety is both your and your laboratory

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Unformatted text preview: boratory instructor’s first concern. Everyone is responsible for accident prevention, especially you, the person actually carrying out the laboratory procedures. Accidents often result from ● an indifferent attitude, ● failure to use common sense, and ● failure to follow instructions, making a mistake. You can be a victim of a mistake you have made. You can be a victim of a mistake some other student has made. If you are not doing it right, and a classmate points this out to you, be grateful—it could be that he or she has just saved your life. Conversely, if someone else is making a mistake, let him or her know. A safe laboratory is also your instructor’s responsibility; report unsafe acts to him or her. Become involved; participate in the practice of preventing accidents. Follow these general guidelines: ● Follow all safety instructions carefully. ● Never play tricks or indulge in horseplay in a chemical laboratory. ● Become thoroughly acquainted with the location and use of safety equipment and facilities such as exits, safety showers, and eyewash fountains. ● Before undertaking any laboratory work, become familiar with the hazards of the chemicals involved. Be sure you know and be sure that you follow the safety precautions that protect you and others from those hazards. ● Become familiar with the hazards of the apparatus and the operations involved. Learn what to do and what to avoid doing. Follow these safety precautions. Personal Protection Eye Protection Everyone in the laboratory, including visitors, must wear chemical splash goggles (not safety glasses or spectacles) at all times, even when not performing a chemical operation. Normal prescription eyeglasses do not provide appropriate laboratory eye protection, although they may meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards for impact resistance.1 Never rely on such eyeglasses for protection in the laboratory. The type of eye protection you need depends on the circumstances. Cont...
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This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course PHYS 1B at UCSD.

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