Safe Work Practices
The following safe work practices should be followed when working in the laboratory:
- Read and become familiar with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and any Standard Operating Procedures developed specifically for the laboratory prior to working in the laboratory.
- Become familiar with the location and use of emergency equipment and facilities, such as:
- eyewash and safety showers,
- fire extinguishers,
- fire blankets, if applicable;
- fire alarm pull stations,
- emergency exits, and
- chemical spill equipment.
- Never eat, drink, smoke, chew gum, apply cosmetics or manipulate contact lenses in the laboratory.
- Never leave exposed sharps, micropipettes, or broken glass on the bench or in washing facilities.
- Keep chemical containers closed unless actively in use.
- Clearly label all containers of any substance. The label must include, at a minimum, the complete chemical name of the substance. If possible, it should also include the concentration and any hazards of the substance.
- Remove Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, lab coats, aprons, protective foot and headgear) before leaving the laboratory.
- Discard, decontaminate, clean or sanitize personal protective equipment on a regular basis.
- Always wash hands after removing gloves before leaving the laboratory.