Laboratory safety guidelines are important in an academic situation and should be taken seriously, as well as followed closely. The first step in safety is to be aware of the laboratory. Know when materials are not in place. Know the appropriate responses when somebody is exposed to chemicals, toxins or biohazards.
In terms of personal safety, make sure that you wear appropriate clothing and protective gear, such as goggles and gloves, when so advised. Watch your hands, skins, mouth, and hair. Don’t wear clothing that can get caught in machinery or could easily catch fire over on open flame.
Watch flammable agents and make sure that ignition sources are appropriately covered or controlled. Make sure that appropriate substances are stored together or separately, as needed.
Watch for safety hazards and try to maintain an orderly lab. Check equipment before use. If something is spilled, clean it quickly and according to proper safety procedures. Machinery needs to be inspected and maintained. When experiments are continued, leave appropriate contact information. Emergency situations should be avoided, but if they happen, call E-911 and security. Know where your exit doors are located, as well as your fire fighting apparatus, fire alarm, first aid kit and other biohazard cleaning supplies. Do not attempt to clean up hazardous, flammable or toxic waste without following proper procedure. Be sure to follow to correct evacuation procedures and routes.
Make sure that unauthorized personnel do not come into the laboratory. The laboratory is for the use of the student and education; it is not a social gathering place, nor a place of curiosity. Limit visitors.