Minimizing hazards in the lab
The following are recommendations to minimize physical hazards in the lab or prep room.
- Do not string extension cords or telephone cords across the floors.
- Sharp pointed instruments should have protective covers.
- Use step stools and ladders to reach up instead of chairs.
- Students should put books and school bags away from work area on the lab table and off the floors.
- Aisles are kept clear of obstructions.
- Emergency exits should always be accessible.
- Minimize clutter.
- Spills should be cleaned up immediately.
- Broken glass should immediately be removed to a broken glass discard container.
- Sensible shoes should be worn.
- Store materials and supplies at heights that are comfortable and safe to reach, between shoulders and knees. Avoid storage on the floor not only a tripping hazard but many lifting injuries result from lifting from the floor.
- Personal protective clothing should be available and worn.
- Emergency shutoffs should always be accessible.
- The modes of emergency communication should be functioning.
- Emergency telephone numbers should be posted by the telephone.
Suggestions for preventing vandalism
Safe handling of alcohol in the laboratory