5 Safety Rules for Biology Labs
To be safe, before beginning the lab, know the position of the
Hi, I'm Jim Shields for About.com and today I'm going to teach you about safety in the Biology lab. It's important to be safe whenever you're in the Biology lab. So I've assembled five important rules to keep in mind whenever you're working in the lab. So first of all, before beginning the lab, know the position of the emergency eye wash, the fire blanket, and the fire extinguisher. This way, if there happens to be an accident, you are prepared to quickly take care of it. Secondly, your apparel should be appropriate for laboratory work. Long hanging necklaces, bulky and baggy clothing, and open shoes are not appropriate for lab work. The third rule is never to leave fire or heated substances unattended. An unattended flame could start a fire in the lab, and a heated substance or container left unattended could burn another person in the room who doesn’t know that it is hot. The fourth rule is no food or drink in the lab. There are so many substances that are not safe to ingest, you don’t want your food or drink contaminated with those. Furthermore, if you spill food or drink in the lab, you could contaminate materials or damage equipment. Finally, assume that all chemicals in the lab are potentially harmful. Wear latex gloves to keep chemicals off your skin. If you accidentally get a substance on your skin, immediately wash your hands and inform your teacher. And in conclusion, the important thing is always follow the lab instructions as they are given by your teacher. Do not skip steps or “wing it” in the lab. Doing things out of order, skipping steps or getting creative with equipment and materials is not only potentially dangerous, but it will render your conclusions meaningless, since you will have compromised the consistency of your procedure. Thanks for watching. To learn more about biology, visit us on the web at About.com.