Safety Procedures

  1. Below, the general procedures are listed. Additional procedures specific for each experiment will be provided by teaching assistants (TA) ( madrikhim).
  2. Always conduct yourself in a professional manner. Have fun while working in the laboratory, but there will be NO jokes, running, political disputes or playing around or similar activities that might be dangerous to you or your neighbor.
  3. You must learn where the safety equipment is and how to use each item the first day in class.
  4. Wear eye protection at all times-other users' work may require it, even if yours does not.
  5. No consumption of food or (including gum) or beverages or application of cosmetics will be allowed.
  6. You are not to perform any unassigned experiments.
  7. Do not use your mouth to fill pipets.
  8. If something is spilled on you, wash it off immediately with lots and lots and lots of water, and then report to the TA. Clean up the spill later according to instructions from the TA.
  9. Uncontrolled long hair or clothing (loose sleeves, ties, jewelry) that might come in contact with a flame or become entangled in mechanical equipment will not be permitted. You will not be permitted to work in the lab without protection for your feet (no sandals, for example).
  10. Never heat flammable materials with an open flame or near an ignition source.
  11. Do not heat or mix any thing near your face (or anyone's face). Do not rub your eyes with your hands. Your hands are frequently contaminated.
  12. Protective clothing (lab coat) is not required, but highly recommended. You will not be permitted to work in the lab in shorts and without protection for your legs and feet.
  13. Do not store reagents near a sink or leave them near the balance where they will be in the way and get knocked over. Return all reagents to their proper location as soon as possible after you are finished with them. Be sure everything is put up properly before you leave and that you have left nothing in the balance room, in a fume hood or at some other location.
  14. Do not store chemicals near non-compatible chemicals (acids with bases or oxidizers with fuels, for example) even for short periods of time.
  15. Do not operate electrical equipment with wet hands.
  16. If at all possible, do not wear contact lens to the laboratory. If you must, be sure the TA is informed so special precautions are used.