From chemicals to electrical equipment, laboratories have many safety hazards, which is why it is important to understand the important of lab safety. If something goes wrong, more than just your research project schedule can be affected. Equipment can be damaged, fines can occur, and individuals on your team can be injured.When working in a lab, it is important you to be familiar with the equipment in your working space, even if you don’t use it yourself. It’s also crucial to be cautious of what other students are doing around you.
Labs are designed to with safety in mind, however, accidents can happen, which is why it’s best to be prepared for the worst. It is important to have lab safety when you are working by yourself or in a group. Wearing protection gear is important . When using something hot always be sure to wear gloves and when using a chemical that can hurt your eyes put on goggles when you are in the lab. Also when using a chemical or anything that can leave stains be sure to wear an apron or something that protects your clothes. You also need to put away anything dangling or roll up your sleeves.
Some chemicals are very dangerous to the body, therefore when using them always do the right thing and never taste, touch, or smell the chemical unless the teacher tells you to. Always be sure you know what chemical you are using and if you need to wear any protection to be safe and not get hurt. Also, when using a chemical always be aware of your surroundings. Being aware of your surroundings means that you know were everything is in case of fire or accident. You also need to know were other groups are so you do not have an accident and hurt another person. Always listen to the teacher and if you have a question about an experiment or what to do always ask the teacher or a classmate that knows what he/she is supposed to be doing.
When you work with glass in labs, it is important to handle it with care and also to wear protective goggles. Beakers and test tubes should be checked for chips or cracks before use. You should also wear protective gloves when using chemicals in glass containers, along with other protective equipment that you need.From chemicals and compressed gases to glassware and electrical equipment labs are filled with dangerous tools. Keep yourself and students around you safe by working carefully, safely and attentively.