Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Laboratories provide an opportunity for students to learn by doing and are often the best-liked part of a course. Laboratory procedures are designed to allow students to conduct experiments in a safe fashion; however, some materials and objects in a laboratory can be hazardous if misused.
The following laboratory rules are precautions to protect the safety of everyone in the laboratory.
Before You Start to Work
- Students are not allowed to work unless an instructor is present in the laboratory
and has given the instructions needed for the day's exercises.
- Do not bring food or drinks into the laboratory.
- For some exercises, on entering the lab, you should wash down your bench space with
the disinfectant provided. Your instructor will tell you which exercises require this precaution.
- Clear your bench space of unnecessary items, such as books other than your lab manual.
Your instructor will designate the proper place for personal items.
- Keep the floor clear. Do not block exits.
- If you have an uncovered open cut, notify your laboratory instructor.
Bandages and gloves will be available.
- Students must wear shoes to enter the laboratory.
- Tie back long hair when instructed or whenever loose long hair is a hazard.
- Your instructor will point out the location of emergency equipment, including
an emergency shower, an eyewash station, and a fire extinguisher. Be sure you know
where these are. Know also where the room exits are.