Laboratory Safety

You must use proper safety techniques when working in a lab to ensure the safety of you and any bystanders/helpers. The safety techniques should always be used any time you are in the lab. Even if it doesn't seem neccesary for the experiment you are performing.

Lab environment:

Safety Devices:

Safety Equipment:

Safety Equipment is defined as the stuff you wear to keep yourself safe in the event of an accident. These include, but are not limited to:

Goggles

Gloves

Lab Apron

Face Sheild
Ear Protection
Gas masks
Full body chemical suits

The goggles should be splash goggles (indirect vents). The gloves should be different for each job. When working with explosives, it is advisable to wear thick, leather, welding gloves. When working with chemicals, simple latex gloves will do. Lap aprons are not neccesary but should be worn just to keep you safer. Face sheilds should always be worn in conjunction with goggles. Typically these are worn when handling explosives. Ear protection is mainly only neccesary during testing of explosives, but should be worn during general handling of explosives incase an accident occurs. Gas masks are rarely neccesary and can give you a false sense of security. Remember, just because you don't smell it, doesn't mean its not there. Very rarely does a need for a full body chemical suit arise in ones home laboratory.

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