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General Lab Safety Rules

  • Eyewashes should be flushed weekly and documented on eye wash tags.
  • Chemical waste should be labeled with specific contents.
    • Keep label attached to the container at all times.
    • Keep the chemical waste containers closed.
    • Replace any old and deteriorated labels whenever they are found.
  • Chemical fume hood sashes should be kept closed whenever possible. Maintain the minimum possible opening when working. Do not store chemicals in fume hoods.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the labs on in any place where hazardous materials are present.
  • Never store food or drinks in laboratory refrigerators or freezers.
  • Do not wear shorts or open-toed shoes in labs. Wear appropriate protective equipment when working in labs where hazardous materials or equipment are present.
  • Remove clutter and practice good housekeeping.
  • Do not use cell phones, Bluetooth, and MP3 players while working in the lab.
  • Do not keep or work with flammable substances near an open flame or other heat source.
  • Secure gas cylinders properly and keep safety caps on cylinders when not in use.
  • Have appropriate spill cleanup supplies available and follow the proper response procedures.
  • Eliminate extension cords and power strips that are plugged into each other. Make sure there is no exposed wiring.
  • No lab equipment or chemicals are allowed in corridors. Keep exits and aisles clear of obstructions.
  • Emergency equipment, including fire extinguishers, should be kept clear of obstructions.
  • Chemical bottles should kept closed when not in use, and should not be stored on the floor or benchtops.

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Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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