PROCEDURES, POLICIES, AND RULES
(From Dr. Loren Schreiber’s Lab Manual 2007, FSU)
Our goal is zero accidents. To achieve this goal, each person must work to make safety an
integral part of one's thinking and actions. The following specific rules are to be followed at all
Goggles or safety glasses with side shields are required in the laboratory. Only clear lens safety
glasses may be used; no tinted or colored lenses are allowed. Contact lenses are not to be worn
in the laboratory (contact lenses are not allowed even if wearing goggles or safety glasses).
Long trousers afford protection to the wearer from minor scrapes and cuts and, therefore, are
required in the laboratory. The wearing of shorts, skirts, dresses, sleeveless tops, and midriff
tops is not permitted in the laboratory.
A maximum of foot protection is desirable. The minimum requirement is shoes having soles that
are in good condition. Canvas shoes or sandals are not permitted in the laboratory. Open toe or
open heel shoes/boots are also not permitted. High heel shoes/boots are not permitted. Socks
(not nylons) must be worn in the laboratory.
Do not wear loose fitting clothing that can get caught in the equipment, such as loose jewelry,
neckties, scarves, or loose fitting headgear. Shirttails are to be inside the trousers. Windbreakers
are to be buttoned / zipped at least halfway up. Also, long sleeve shirts, jackets, or other loose
clothing should not be tied around the waist. No worn holes in any clothing are allowed.
Eating, drinking, chewing gum, smoking, chewing tobacco, or applying cosmetics are not
permitted in the laboratory at any time1. It is not permissible to bring food or beverages
(including bottled water) into the laboratory at any time. Prior to leaving the laboratory, remove
personal protective equipment, such as gloves and lab coat, and wash your hands.
Keep book bags, coats, and other personal items on the countertop area adjacent the doorway to
Lab (i.e., below the storage shelves for the hard hats). This is a chemical-free zone.
Sign-in and Sign-out
Upon entering the laboratory, students must sign in. Use the Sign-in form in the binder on the
counter next to the door. When leaving the laboratory, be sure to sign out your name on the
Chewing gum is the most common safety infraction in any laboratory. Please pay attention and alert fellow
students and staff members when you see them chewing gum.
Minimize the number of times that you leave the laboratory and the time absent from the
laboratory while your team is operating. Every member of the team must be present for the
duration of the experiment. If you must leave the laboratory during the lab period, inform your
team members where you are going and when you expect to return.
All visitors to the laboratory must be approved by the instructor or lab engineer. It is expected
that these persons will visit the lab for a short period (less than an hour) and not perform any
laboratory operations. Otherwise, these persons must have a complete safety orientation to the
lab and satisfactorily complete the standard safety quiz.
Visitors must wear goggles (or safety glasses with side shields) and be escorted at all times by
the instructor, lab engineer, or teaching assistant. Visitors must also wear hard hats if they enter
the high-bay area and wear approved shoes if the lab is operating.
Students should advise acquaintances wanting to see them during the laboratory period that they
have laboratory class and that they will see the acquaintances after they have finish their
activities at the UOL.
A hard-hat (provided by the department) must be worn in areas designated as hard-hat areas.
These include the “high-bay" area where the evaporator, distillation unit, and Karr extraction
column are located.
All teams are expected to keep their work area neat an orderly throughout the lab period. Exits
from the laboratory and the stairs to the balcony must be unobstructed at all times.
All teams are responsible for cleaning up their immediate experimental areas after completion of
the day's work. This includes other areas that may have been used in connection with the
experimental work. Clean up all equipment, glassware, buckets, tanks, etc. at the end of the
laboratory period. Cleanup should begin 15 minutes before the end of the lab period or earlier.
Tools and auxiliary equipment, which were checked out from the laboratory engineer or the
teaching assistant, must be returned as soon as there is no immediate need for them
Discard samples that are no longer needed. Samples to be saved for analysis or for use at a later
time must be clearly marked with contents, date, and team number. Unlabeled samples will be
After you have cleaned up your area at the end of the laboratory period, notify the teaching
assistant assigned to the experiment (or lab engineer) who will inspect your area and formally
check you out.
No operating equipment is to be left unattended.
Conserve chemicals and handle equipment carefully. Teams will be penalized for waste, sloppy
technique, or damaged equipment.
Do not touch or take anything from any of the drawers or cabinets in the laboratory. Work with
the experimental apparatus at hand, and do not disturb any other piece of equipment or
parts/pieces in the laboratory.
If you have questions on the operation of the equipment or the experiment, ask the teaching
assistants or laboratory engineer. However, do not expect them to do your work of finding things
out. Getting help from other teams is not permitted.
Laptop computers are permitted. Computers should be placed on a table top, rather than on a
working counter top where there may be spills. It is preferred to operate the computer on its
battery. If using electrical power from a wall outlet, be certain that the connecting wire is placed
so as to avoid a tripping hazard. Before leaving the laboratory, make sure the laptop computer is
clean; decontaminate if needed.
Accident and Hazard Reporting
Report immediately to the teaching assistants and lab engineer:
All accidents, no matter how small.
All incidents ("near-misses") that might have resulted in injury or property damage.
All unsafe or hazardous conditions.
Material Safety Data Sheets
Be sure to consult the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for any chemical that you plan to
use, before you use it.
Office and Storage Areas
Students are not allowed to enter the office of the lab engineer, the chemical storage room, the
equipment storage room, and the balcony area without permission.
Students may use chairs in the experimental area provided they do not block access to the
equipment, exits, or walkways. When using chairs, it is not permissible to support feet on
equipment, desks, or lab furniture. Do not sit on counter tops. Keep feet on floor especially
while sitting in chairs.
The following behaviors are not permitted in the laboratory:
Singing, dancing, or other theatrical behavior.
Lack of civility towards students, staff, or faculty.
Socializing with persons outside of your team.
Using or reading materials that do not pertain to the course.
Safety is an essential element of laboratory performance. Unsafe behavior may result in
academic penalties, including a lower or failing grade in the course, and disciplinary
penalties, including dismissal from the University.