Lab Safety

Lab Safety

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Some lab safety rules in a comics format.

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  • I'm going to leave the classroom for a few minutes. I'll be back soon.
  • I'm going to start the experiment.
  • No! You shouldn't start the experiment without the teacher.
  • Alright! Let's do this!
  • No! You don't have gloves or goggles on!
  • Ok, I'm back, you can begin.
  • Alright, can I start now?
  • Nope. Do you have a lab coat or an apron on?
  • Safety Rule #1: Never start an experiment without a teacher, because then you're completely responsible for your actions. For example, if you break a vial, then you'll have to pay for it. Also, if there's an emergency (such as a fire), there will be no authority to refer to.
  • Okay, NOW can I start?
  • Hmm... HEY! Is that a chocolate bar!? No food in the lab!
  • Safety Rule #2: You should always wear gloves and goggles when conducting an experiment. Wearing gloves stops contamination in experiments, as well as protects your hands from harmful chemicals. Goggles protect your eyes from smoke and chemicals in the air.
  • Okay, NOW I can begin! Uhh, what are we supposed to be doing again?
  • You didn't even read the directions yet? Somehow, that doesn't surprise me.
  • Safety Rule #3: Always wear a lab coat (or an apron). The lab coat protects your body and clothes if you spill something. Some lab coats are even fire retardant, which if important if handling tools such as the bunsen burner.
  • Hey! What about you? Aren't you supposed to be doing something?
  • Hey! Maybe I just taught you something- Always pay attention!
  • Oh yeah! I totally forgot! Did I leave the bunsen burner on?
  • Safety Rule #4: No food in the lab. The chemicals in the air can impact your food, perhaps giving you indigestion or food poisoning. Also, don't eat any of the chemicals. It's common sense.
  • Safety Rule #5: Read the rules before hand! If you just watch someone else do it for a little while, you will most likely miss something, and end up messing up the whole experiment! Never assume anything, and study the instructions carefully before proceeding.
  • Safety Rule #6: Pay attention. Never leave anything unattended, and pay careful attention to the experiment and the direction.
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