Science Laboratory Rules and Regulations
Science is a process of discovering and exploring the natural world. Exploration occurs in the classroom, laboratory or in the field. As part of your science class, you will be doing many activities and investigations that will involve the use of various materials, equipment, and chemicals. Safety in the science laboratory is the FIRST PRIORITY for students, instructors, and parents. To ensure a safer laboratory, the following Science Laboratory Rules and Regulations have been developed for the protection and safety of all. Your instructor will provide additional rules for specific situations or settings. The rules and regulations must be followed AT ALL TIMES. After you have reviewed them with your instructor, read and review the rules and sign the permission slip. Your signature is required before you will be permitted to participate in any investigations. Your signature indicates that you have read these rules and regulations, understand them, and agree to follow them at all times while working in the classroom. Standards of Student Conduct in the Laboratory: 1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory. Frivolous activities, mischievous behavior, throwing items, and conducting pranks are prohibited. 2. Lab safety information and procedures must be read before starting any activity. All verbal and written instructions shall be followed in carrying out the activity. 3. Eating, drinking, gum chewing, applying cosmetics, manipulating contact lenses, and other unsafe activities are not permitted in the laboratory. 4. Unauthorized activities or investigations are prohibited. 5. Removing chemicals or equipment from the laboratory is prohibited. Personal Safety: 6. Approved chemical splash goggles or safety glasses shall be worn at all times in the laboratory, including during clean-‐‑up, unless the instructor specifically states that the activity does not require the use of glasses. 7. All accidents, chemical spills, and injuries must be reported immediately to the instructor, no matter how trivial they may seem at the time. Follow your instructor’s directions for immediate treatment. 8. Dress appropriately for laboratory work by protecting your body with clothing and shoes. This means that you should use hair ties to tie back long hair and tuck into the collar. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing or dangling jewelry on laboratory days. Sandals or open-‐‑toed shoes are not to be worn during any lab activities. If in doubt, ask! 9. Know the location of all safety equipment in the room. These include the eye wash station and fire extinguisher. Specific Safety Precautions Involving Chemicals and Lab Equipment 10. Avoid inhaling fumes that may be generated during an activity or investigation. Always waft, never sniff directly!
11. Proper procedures shall be followed when using any heating or flame producing device, especially gas burners. Never leave a flame unattended. 12. Remember that hot glass looks the same as cold glass. After heating, glass remains hot for a very long time. Determine if an object is hot by placing the back of your hand close to the object but do not touch it. 13. Should a fire drill or other evacuation emergency occur during an investigation or activity, make sure you turn off all gas burners and electrical equipment and exit the room as directed. 14. Do not return unused chemicals to the reagent container. Follow the instructor’s directions for the storage or disposal of these materials. Standards for Maintaining a Safer Laboratory Environment: 15. Backpacks and books are to remain closed and stored under a desk during labs. Have your lab manual and materials out and ready before you begin. 16. Never sit on laboratory tables. 17. Work areas should be kept clean and neat at all times. Work surfaces are to be cleaned at the end of each laboratory or activity. Desks left dirty will result in half-‐‑credit on the lab. If counters and floors are left dirty, it will result in half-‐‑credit for the class. 18. Solid chemicals, metals, matches, filter papers, broken glass, and other materials designated by the instructor are to be deposited in the proper waste containers, not in the sink. Follow your instructor’s directions for disposal of waste. 19. Sinks are to be used for the disposal of water and those solutions designated by the instructor. Other solutions must be placed in the designated waste disposal containers. 20. Glassware is to be washed with soapy water and scrubbed with the appropriate type and size of brush, rinsed, dried, and returned to its original location. 21. Handle glassware with care, but should it break notify the teacher immediately. Broken glassware should be cleaned up with a wet paper towel and placed in the broken glass disposal container.
Detach at the line and return the portion below to your teacher
I have read the above Science Laboratory Rules and Regulations, and I agree to follow them during every science activity. I acknowledge that these rules are necessary to prevent accidents and to ensure my own safety and the safety of others around me. I will follow any additional instructions given by my instructor. I understand that I may ask my instructor at any time about the rules and regulations if they are not clear to me. My failure to follow these science laboratory rules and regulations may result in discipline and loss of points. ___________________________________________________ ___________ Student Signature Date ___________________________________________________ ___________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date