What do you need to know when working in a laboratory?
Laboratories are safe to enter. But just because they are safe doesn't mean that you don't have to be careful.
- Make sure you obey all warning signs.
- Do not enter labs with x-ray or laser lights on.
- Do not enter labs where alarms are sounding.
Follow these easy guidelines to make sure that you are safe while working in a laboratory:
- Don’t lean or put your equipment on lab benches or lab equipment.
- There is no eating, drinking, or smoking in labs.
- Always wash your hands before eating and after using chemicals or working in labs.
- If you have any questions, contact the lab supervisor first, your supervisor next, and finally REHS.
- Don’t touch anything with a radiation or biohazard symbol on it.
- Don’t touch containers of hazardous materials or chemicals.
- Never clean spills in the lab unless the spill is from your cleaning materials. (even if you made the spill).
- Do not touch or remove contaminated glass.
- Wear safety glasses or goggles at all times in the lab.
- Inform the lab supervisor before doing any work.
- The lab supervisor is responsible for ensuring your work area is free from hazards.
- Do not touch or move chemicals in the lab.
- Wear safety glasses or goggles at all times.
- Campus Health Safety Specialist, or call 848-445-2550