Safety

  • Know the locations of safety features in and near your classroom, including
    • Fire extinguisher.
    • Safety shower and eye wash (if working in a teaching or research lab).
    • Emergency telephone.
    • Emergency contact person.
  • Memorize the phone number of the BU police: 617-353-2121 (3-2121) from a campus phone).
  • Admit to your classroom only students officially registered in your class.
  • Plan how you and your students or fellow researchers will exit the building quickly in an emergency.

Additional Safety Policies for Teaching and Research Laboratories

  • Be aware of safety issues, particularly in laboratory settings. In some subjects, for example chemistry and biology, workers must attend federally mandated laboratory safety training on a yearly basis, held through our campus office of Environmental Health & Safety.¬†Your department will inform you as to what safety training you need.
  • Dress appropriately for laboratory activities:
    • Wear a long skirt or pants, no shorts.
    • Wear closed-toed shoes, no sandals.
    • Wear a lab coat.
    • Wear appropriate protective eyewear.
    • Wear protective gloves appropriate for the task.
  • Keep laboratory materials inside the lab; take off lab gloves when leaving the lab room
  • Wash your hands before you leave the laboratory.
  • Do not allow¬†food, drink (even water), or gum in a teaching or research laboratory.
  • Know the health and fire hazards associated with your laboratory activities
  • Inform students and/or fellow researchers working near you of the hazards of the laboratory activities