The following safety rules apply to all persons engaged in testing, as well as those who accidentally enter a concrete laboratory area:
smoking– Strictly prohibited in any laboratory area.
Clothes– Everyone must be provided with work clothes suitable for use in the laboratory, of adequate quality, in good repair and clean. Work shirts should be long-sleeved, rolled up, and buttoned at both sleeves and neck. Coveralls or long-sleeved lab coats are suitable alternatives to other types of work clothing. Foot gear should include hard bottoms and uppers. Sandals, loose-knit shoes, tennis shoes, or other types of soft uppers or bottoms will not be permitted in the laboratory. Eye protection will be worn whenever handling material that could possibly shoot outwards. Ordinary glasses are defined as satisfactory, normal eye protection, and all students are encouraged to wear them while working in the laboratory. Glasses will be made available in the laboratory if required.
jokes and horse riding– Any laboratory tricks, practical jokes and horse racing will result in serious disciplinary action against offenders. It is the responsibility of each individual to carry out laboratory work keeping in mind their own safety as well as that of each other member of the group. Compressed air or gas hoses should never be used for cleaning a work area or clothing, or for pointing at another person. Never leave any type of burner or fire unattended when it is not needed. Use only a safety match or laboratory flint lighter to ignite the flame.
in case of fire-Leave around and notify the person in charge and/or laboratory technician immediately. If this can be accomplished without additional risk, cut off electrical connections to the area of the fire.
valves and controls-Do not attempt to operate any valves or controls on any piece of laboratory equipment before the instructor or laboratory technician has been instructed in its use and with the permission of the instructor.
use of tools– Use appropriate equipment only as directed by the instructor or laboratory technician and ensure that it is in good condition. Keep all tools and equipment clean and free of oil or grease. Never put the tools in your pocket or throw them away when you are finished using them.
of liftingNever try to lift more weight than you can comfortably do. Get help when needed. In lifting, keep your back straight and as straight as possible. Lift with the leg muscles and not the more vulnerable muscles of the back and abdomen. Never attempt to lift when the body is in an awkward position, such as when turning, or when your leg is unprotected.
in case of accidentReport every injury, no matter how minor, to the person responsible immediately.
If possible, the injured person should seek professional medical help immediately. The person in charge shall prepare an injury form and immediately report the incident in writing to the appropriate authority. In case of serious injury, no attempt will be made to move the injured. Medical assistance will be requested immediately, possibly from a designated medical facility.
Cleaning up at the end of lab exercises—Each squad and each person is responsible for cleaning all equipment used in that period. All equipment must be cleaned before returning to its proper place. Bench tops must be clean and all equipment or specimens clean and tidy. All sample containers will be cleaned before storage. No one shall be dismissed or released from the laboratory until his/her special squad has been examined by the person responsible for this important housekeeping operation.
general Provisions– It is essential for everyone to be well acquainted with these safety rules, which will be distributed in the first class meeting. It is the inherent responsibility of each individual to strictly heed the instructions of the Instructor and/or Laboratory Technician. One of the most important responsibilities of the instructor and laboratory technician is that of safety. Do not hesitate to ask questions if you have doubts about the proper use of any process or equipment.