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In this laboratory, as in any laboratory, there are a number of hazards. Learning how
to deal with hazardous situations safely is an important part of what you will learn in this
class. If chemistry majors cannot handle hazardous situations involving chemicals, then
who in society can? It’s usually chemistry majors who write the rules for safe handling
of chemicals. Safety is an important focus of this class and we want you to think about
safety as you read the lab manual and, especially, as you work in the lab. The most
important safety rule is to THINK about every step of your experiment! If there is
anything that is unfamiliar or doesn’t seem right, stop what you are doing and ask. There
is at least one TA for every ten students in the lab, so there should always be someone
nearby to assist or explain. You will be using a number of expensive pieces of equipment
during the lab, so it is important that you understand how this equipment works. Don’t
just plow ahead...
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