Biomedical Applications of Nanomaterials Research Lab

A multidisciplinary team developing bionanomaterials for diagnosis and treatment of diseases

Lab Safety Checklist


REMINDER: Lab Safety Precautions
Here is a safety checklist for your convenience.

Go through this checklist each time you are working in the lab:

1)      Read the Material Safety Data (MSDS) of each reagent that you are going to use.

2)      Discuss the experimental procedures with your mentor and collaborators BEFORE doing any experiments. Unauthorized experiments are not allowed.

3)      Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety equipment.

4)      Long hair, dangling jewelry, and loose or baggy clothing are a hazard in the laboratory.  Long hair must be tied back, and dangling jewelry and baggy clothing must be secured.  Shoes must completely cover the foot. 

5)      Wear lab coat and goggles. Any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used, students and researchers MUST wear lab coat safety goggles. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE!

6)      Wear mask and gloves, as required according to the MSDS.

7)      Contact lenses may be not be worn any time chemicals, heat, or glassware are used.

8)      Company: there must be two or more authorized lab members in the lab to do any experiment.

9)      Undergraduate students cannot work without the supervision of a graduate student or senior researcher.

10)   Gas connections: verify the integrity of the gas lines; all gases must be discharged into the hood ventilation system.

11)   Always work in a well-ventilated area. 

12)   All chemicals in the laboratory are to be considered dangerous. Avoid handling chemicals with fingers. Always use tweezers.

13)   When making an observation, keep at least 1 foot away from the specimen.

14)   Do not taste, or smell any chemicals. 

15)   Experiments must be personally monitored at all times.

16)   Be alert and proceed with caution at all times in the laboratory. 

17)   Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth, and body while using chemicals or lab equipment.

18)   Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory. 

19)   Do not use laboratory glassware as containers for food or beverages.

20)   Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.

21)   Report any accident (spill, breakage) or injury (cut, burn) to the senior researcher immediately, no matter how trivial it seems.  Do not panic. 

22)   If you or your lab partner is hurt, immediately call 911 and Campus Security Office.  Do not panic. 

23)   If a chemical should splash in your eye(s) or on your skin, immediately flush with running water for at least 20 minutes.  Immediately notify the senior researcher. Do not panic. 

24)   Dispose of all chemical waste properly.  Observe good housekeeping practices.  Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times. 

25)   Wash your hands with soap and water after performing all experiments.