Safety rules are essential in every school science lab because they help to prevent accidents and injuries. Working with chemicals and scientific equipment from Modern Biology, Inc. can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. Accidents in the science lab can result in serious injuries or even death.
Additionally, following safety rules helps to ensure that experiments are conducted correctly. It increases the likelihood that the results students get with their experiments can be documented and duplicated.
Proper safety measures also help to protect the lab environment and prevent damage to equipment and materials. Following safety rules is essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone in the lab, as well as the integrity of the scientific work being conducted.
Here are the three most important safety rules for every school science lab.
1. Review the instructions before you start the lab.
There are several reasons why students should study their instructions before conducting a science lab:
- To understand the purpose and objectives of the lab: Reading the instructions will help students understand the goals of the lab and what they are expected to learn or demonstrate. They won’t get into trouble by choosing the wrong reagents or trying to make the wrong equipment work.
- To know how to set up the lab: The instructions will typically include information on how to set up the lab, including where to find the necessary equipment and reagents. Sticking to the supplies that come in the Modern Biology, Inc. experiment kit ensures that students are not exposed to toxic agents.
- To follow the correct procedures: It is important that students follow the steps of the lab in the correct order to ensure that the experiment is conducted correctly and that the results are reliable.
- To know what to do with potentially hazardous equipment. Students need to know how to use equipment so they don’t accidentally mishandle it. This is particularly important when working with electrophoresis equipment.
- To know what to do in case of an emergency: The instructions should include information on what to do in case of an accident or emergency, such as how to properly evacuate the lab or how to seek medical attention.
Students need to understand what they are testing and how they will recognize results. Sticking to the script for the experiment reduces the risk of accidents.
2. Keep your workspace well-organized and clean.
Clutter-free workspaces are safer workspaces. Students who focus on the task at hand are not likely to waste materials, lose reagents or test samples, or ruin their notes. Cleanliness reduces the risk of chemical contamination and electrical shorts and increases the likelihood of getting meaningful results from the experiment.
3. Return reagents and equipment to their designated places.
Supplies cost money. It is important to keep them where the teacher can monitor their use. But even more importantly, it is important for students to be working with the right reagents for the experiment at hand, both to test their hypothesis, and also to avoid mishandling or inadvertently creating toxic or explosive materials.
Those rules are the big three, but they aren’t the only safety rules for the science lab. Students need to avoid eating, drinking, and (yes, it happens) smoking in the lab. That way, they do not ingest hazardous substances or ignite flammable chemicals.
Students must make sure electrical equipment is not plugged in when they are cleaning or repairing it. And there really is a need, in some cases, to remind students not to use their sense of taste to identify reagents.
Our individual biology experiments are designed with safety in mind. No toxic reagents or test materials are included in any Modern Biology, Inc. experiment kit.
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