Safety Facts and Disclaimer Form
During check-in, you signed a form agreeing to abide by the following safety
policies while in the chemistry laboratory at Purdue University:
- Approved safety goggles (NOT safety glasses) are to be worn continuously while you are in the laboratory. Safety goggles will protect your eyes
against impact and splashes. These goggles are available in the book stores
or from the storeroom. Wearing of contact lemses in a chemistry laboratory
can be harmful to your visual health. Contact lenses should be replaced
by prescription glasses except in the rare cases where this is not possible.
Contact lens wearers must report this to the teaching assistant at the beginning
of the semester. In any event, wearers of contacts or prescription glasses
must protect their eyes with safety goggles.
If you should get a chemical into your eyes, wash with flowing water from
the eyewash for approximately 15-20 minutes, and notify your teaching assistant.
- Students are to be appropriately dressed in the laboratory at all times,
even during check-out. Appropriately dressed constitutes wearing clothing
that protects the skin from the neck to below the knees. Sleeveless or tank-top
shirts, shorts, or skirts that don't cover the knees are not acceptable
in the laboratory. Open toed shoes or heeled shoes or sandals are not to
be worn in the laboratory.
- Perform no unauthorized experiments.
- Never use an open flame when working with organic solvents.
- In case of fire or accident, notify your teaching assistant at once. (Note
location of fire extinguisher and safety shower now so that you can use them if needed. Wet towels are very effective for smothering
- Take special care when working with stong acids or strong bases. Contact
with these materials can cause severe chemical burns.
- Do not touch hot glassware or hot hardware. Think before you act.
- The chemistry department will seek medical assistance for all injured students.
Transportation will be suppleied to a medical facility if needed. The student
is responsible for all costs incurred!
- Do not taste anything in the laboratory. (This applies to food as well as
chemicals. Do not use the laboratory as an eating place and do not eat or
drink from laboratory glassware.)
- Exercise great care in noting the odor of fumes and, whenever possible,
avoid breating fumes of any kind.
- Always use a suction bulb when filling a pipet. Never suction by mouth!
- Don't force glass tubing into rubber stoppers.
- To minimize hazard, confine long hair securly when in the laboratory.
- When working with electrical equipment observe caution in handling loose
wires and make sure that all equipment is electrically grounded before touching
- Never work alone in the laboratory.