Laboratory Rules

Photo: Eye Protection in a GCSE Science Lesson

Photo: Eye Protection in a GCSE Science Lesson

Posters throughout our Sciences Faculty

The biggest danger in the lab is YOU!
You are at risk when you don’t understand the hazards or you are careless. 
The person most likely to suffer from your mistakes is YOU!


Only enter a lab when told to do so by a teacher.
Never rush about or throw things in the lab.
Keep your bench and floor area clear, with bags and coats well out of the way.


Follow instructions precisely. Check bottle labels carefully and keep tops on bottles except when pouring liquids from them. Only touch or use equipment and materials when told to do so by a teacher. Never remove anything from the lab without permission.


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Wear eye protection when told to do so.
Keep it on from the very start until all practical work is finished and cleared away.


When using naked flames (eg Bunsen burners, spirit burners or candles), make sure that ties, hair, baggy clothing etc. are tied back or tucked away.


Always stand up when working with hazardous substances or when heating things so you can quickly move out of the way if you need to.


Never eat or drink in a lab. Never taste anything or put anything in your mouth. If you get something in your mouth, spit it out at once and wash your mouth out with lots of water. Tell your teacher.


Always wash your hands carefully after handling chemicals, microbes or animal and plant material.


If you are burnt or a chemical splashes on your skin, wash the affected part at once with lots of water. Tell your teacher.


Never put waste solids in the sink as it can cause a blockage; put them in the bin unless your teacher instructs you otherwise.


Wipe up all small spills and report bigger ones to your teacher.


REPORT ANY ACCIDENT OR BREAKAGE TO YOUR TEACHER


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