Safety Agreement

All students must complete this agreement prior to entering the laboratory.


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Policy Agreement

Laboratory Safety Policies and Information Sheet

These safety rules must be observed in the laboratory because while the experiments and techniques used in this course are safe if performed as instructed, accidents can still occur.

Personal Protection

1. Goggle-type eye protection is required for all persons in a laboratory when chemicals are being used anywhere in the laboratory. These goggles must be labeled as providing splash protection and have indirect air vents. Goggles from other UCO chemistry courses should be acceptable. If your goggles were not purchased at Thompson’s Bookstore or the UCO Bookstore, you will need to bring the box to show they provide splash protection. So-called “Shop goggles,” “Lab glasses” and “Visorgogs” are not to be used because they do not provide sufficient splash protection. If the goggles have been tampered with (such as removing the vent plugs), they may not be used in lab. If you are unsure whether your eye protection is suitable for use in the lab, consult the instructor. The Chemistry Department no longer will loan goggles to students, so if you forget yours, you will need to purchase a new pair at either the UCO Bookstore or another college bookstore.

2. Adequate foot protection must be worn at all times. Footwear must cover the entire foot, so sandals, slides, crocs, etc. are not allowed. Shoes or boots with leather uppers are recommended. The Chemistry Department no longer loans out shoe covers. Students without appropriate footwear are not allowed to participate in lab.

3. Clothing must provide sufficient body coverage to help protect against spills and spatters. Pants, skirts, etc. must cover the leg. Shirts and blouses must cover the midriff and shoulders (no tank tops, spaghetti-strap tops, etc.). The Chemistry Department no longer loans out warm-up pants or lab smocks. Students without appropriate clothing will not be allowed to participate in lab. Students may bring “warm-up” pants to wear during lab.

4. Long hair should be tied up and long, loose sleeves should be secured. Artificial fingernails are quite flammable, so if you wear them, exercise caution.

5. Contact lenses, especially soft lenses, can trap irritating vapors against the eye. It is highly recommended that glasses be worn instead of contacts when in the laboratory.

Please complete as appropriate:

  I Do Wear Contact Lenses
  I Do Not Wear Contact Lenses


 I am aware of the dangers of wearing them in the laboratory. If I choose to wear contact lenses in the laboratory, I take full responsibility for my actions in going against the recommendation of the chemistry department in this regard

  Does Not Appy

General Safety Policies

1. NEVER work in the lab unless the instructor or lab assistant is present.

2. Activities such as running, throwing objects, pushing, and other horseplay are not allowed.

3. NO FOOD, DRINKS OR CANDY are allowed in lab, even if you are not consuming them.

4. ALWAYS read labels and follow precautions carefully. It is a good idea to read about the properties of the chemicals you use in each experiment. Develop the habit of reading the label as you take the reagent off the shelf or bench, and then reading it again before using it. This will help avoid using the wrong reagents during an experiment.

5. ALWAYS do the experiment as described in the lab manual. The instructor may announce changes to the procedure, so pay close attention during the pre-lab period. Do not change the chemicals or the amounts used in an experiment without the permission of the instructor.

6. ALWAYS handle all chemicals as if they may be hazardous. (Of course, not all chemicals are hazardous, but it is better to be cautious than to think a chemical is harmless and be wrong with disastrous consequences.) If you spill any chemical on yourself, floor, lab bench, balance, etc., notify the instructor immediately. Also, avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes while in the laboratory. Finally, be sure to always securely close all bottles after use.

7. ALWAYS keep chemicals from coming into contact with your eyes, skin, clothing, or mouth.

8. ALWAYS be careful when working with hot plates and heating mantles. Hot plates and heating mantles can ignite flammable vapors, as well as can cause burns. When hot, they can also melt the insulation on power cords, possibly causing short circuits or electric shock when used later. Do not put a hot plate back on the shelf until the heating surface is cool.

9. ALWAYS report chemical spills and broken equipment to the lab assistant or instructor immediately. They will advise you of proper cleanup procedures.

10. NEVER leave an experiment unattended unless approved by the instructor. If you must leave the lab, have a classmate keep an eye on your experiment.

11. NEVER look into the opening of any vessel containing chemicals and keep all such vessels away from the face. Do not direct the opening of a vessel at anyone else.

12. NEVER work with open flames without checking with the instructor and then verifying that no flammable materials are nearby.

13. NEVER add water to concentrated acids or bases (Always add the acid or base to the water). Also, NEVER mix concentrated acids with concentrated bases.

14. ALWAYS familiarize yourself with the location of the exits and the safety equipment such as the eyewash, safety shower, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit.

15. ALWAYS be considerate of others in the laboratory. Alert all neighbors of any unexpected problems such as a spill or reaction that may boil over. Do not tamper with other’s equip­ment or chemicals.

16. ALWAYS dispose of chemicals, broken glassware, and other laboratory waste in accordance with the instructor’s directions. This is important for safety and environmental reasons.

17. ALWAYS clean up after yourself during the lab. If you spill a chemical at the balance or in the hood, notify the instructor, who will advise you on cleanup procedures. When you use instruments or equipment, make sure it is clean before you return it to its proper place.

18. ALWAYS be sure to clean up your lab area and wash your hands before you leave the laboratory.

You may be exposed to potentially hazardous materials in the process of completing your required laboratory activities. Persons with specific health concerns such as expectant mothers, wearers of contact lenses, persons with known hypersensitivities etc. should consult their personal physician for advisement about potential risks before enrollment in the course.

I fully realize the inherent risk of injury both to myself and to my fellow students through participation in any chemistry laboratory. I have read, understand and agree to observe all safety precautions, rules, and procedures dealing with laboratory emergencies. I am aware that failure to observe these safety measures may result in being dismissed from the laboratory and receiving a zero for an experiment




I have watched the Safety Video if offered in lab or online.