Science classes often involve hands-on laboratory activities. Many labs will involve potentially hazardous chemicals and materials. I refer to them as potentially hazardous because they are only hazardous if used inappropriately. There is no place in my class for unsafe use of materials. Thus, you will need to either be safe or be out. You must read this information carefully and have your parents read it carefully.

General Guidelines
1. Conduct yourself responsibly at all times. (We may not agree on what is "responsible" so we will go by my version of responsible at all times.)
2. Follow all written and verbal instruction carefully. Ask questions if you do not understand.
3. Do not touch any equipment or materials before instructed to do so.
4. NO FOOD, DRINKS, OR GUM IN THE LAB!!!
5.Never start a lab unless you received prior approval from me.
6. Always read and complete the pre-lab before you perform the lab.
7. Keep your work area neat and clean at all times.
8. Never leave anything that is being heated or an open flame unattended.
9.Know the location of all safety equipment
10. Do not run, shout, or throw things in the lab.
11. Notify me if an unsafe condition exists in the classroom.
12. Dispose of all chemicals properly. I will instruct you about how to dispose of specific chemicals.
13. Keep your hands away from your face when doing labs. Also, always wash your hands after the clean-up is complete.
14. Rinse out all glassware and leave it to dry in the designated locations.
15. Stay at your lab table with your lab group during labs. No aimless wandering and interfering in other groups.
16. Carry sharps appropriately; tips down and away.
17. Immediately report all injuries; no matter how minor, to me.
18.Use caution when working around and using hot plates. Remember that they may be hot even if the top is white.
19. Never look directly into a container being heated or heat a closed container.

Clothing
1. Goggles, and aprons must be worn when instructed.
2. Only close-toed shoes may be worn on lab days. No loose clothing or jewelry. You will not get to perform the lab without proper shoes.
3. Tie long hair behind your head.

Handling Chemicals
1. Consider all lab chemicals to be hazardous.
2. Double check the label before using a chemical
3. Take only the amount of chemicals you will use.
4. Never let a chemical near your mouth.
5. Never remove chemicals or other materials from the lab.
6. Always hold chemical bottles with two hands when transporting them.

Handling Glassware
1. Be cautious with all glass/Pyrex equipment. Never use chipped glassware.
2. Never handle broken glass. If a piece of glassware breaks, notify me immediately and I will dispose of it.
3. You will be responsible for paying for excessive broken equipment. (i.e. unprepared microscope slides = no, glass graduated cylinders or prepared slides = yes)