Safety in the Physical Science Laboratory

 

General Rules
1. Carefully follow all instructions.
2. Always perform investigations with adult supervision.
3. Be aware of other students working near you.
4. Keep your work area clean and free of unneeded objects.
5. Do not play during an investigation.
6. Use care with equipment to keep it in good condition.
7. Wipe up spills immediately.
8. Use care with sharp or pointed objects.
9. Do not shine flashlights into the eyes of others.

 

Working with Heat
1. Be aware of all open flames. Bunsen burner flames are difficult to see.
2. Never touch the surface of an operating hot plate, lamp, or lightbulb.
3. When heating a substance, keep it away from people.

 

Working with Electricity
1. Never use electric equipment without proper supervision.
2. Electricity flowing in wires causes the wires to become hot. Use caution.

 

Chemicals

1. Never smell chemicals directly.

2. Never taste unknown chemicals.

3. Remember that even the simplest of

chemicals can cause hazardous reactions.

4. Always do chemical tests under adult

supervision.

5. Do not place your fingers in your mouth while working with chemicals.

6. Always wash your hands after working

with chemicals or organisms.

Microscopes

1. Carry the microscope with two hands one

hand on the arm of the microscope and the

other hand beneath the base.

2. Review with your teacher or parent the correct way to use the microscope.

3. NEVER use direct sunlight as the light source

for the microscope.

4. Handle glass slides carefully. They break easily.

 

Working with Substances
1. Never directly smell any substance used in an investigation.
2. Never taste any known or unknown substance used in an investigation.
3. Remember that even simple substances can cause hazardous reactions.
4. Do not place your fingers in your mouth during an investigation.
5. Always wash your hands after working with substances in an investigation.

 

 

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