Lab Safety

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General Safety Guidelines

  1. NO eating or drinking in the laboratory. Consume food and drink only in designated areas.
  2. NO handling of contact lenses or applying cosmetics in the laboratory.
  3. Use the appropriate PPE at all times. Refer to site specific procedures located in your lab.
  4. Use lab equipment for it’s dedicated purpose.
  5. Confine long hair and loose clothing.
  6. Use a proper pipetting device – absolutely no pipetting by mouth.
  7. Avoid exposure to gases, vapours, aerosols and particulates by using a properly functioning laboratory fume hood.
  8. Wash hands upon completion of laboratory work and removal of PPE including gloves and coats. A vigorous hand washing with mild soap and warm water for 20 seconds is appropriate.
  9. Know the location and correct use of all available safety equipment.
  10. Avoid disturbing or distracting others while they are performing laboratory tasks.
  11. Ensure visitors to the laboratory are equipped with appropriate PPE.
  12. All chemicals must be correctly labeled in accordance with their Safety Data Sheet classifications.
  13. Consult the Safety Data Sheet before using an unfamiliar chemical.
  14. Determine potential hazards and appropriate safety measures before beginning new operations and confirm that existing safety equipment is sufficient for new procedure.
  15. Fix unsafe conditions (employees) or report unsafe conditions to the Instructor or Principal Investigator (students).
  16. Proper waste procedures must be followed at all times.

Corridor Guidelines

Lockout/Tagout for Lab Equipment