Laboratory Safety

Laboratories and shops may contain a number of hazards. Employees and students must receive training before starting any activities in a laboratory setting that could impact their safety. General laboratory safety principles include:

  • Reporting all accidents to a supervisor.
  • Wearing appropriate clothing.
  • Knowing the location and operation of safety showers and eyewashes.
  • Labeling all containers of hazardous materials, including hazardous waste.
  • Being familiar with the properties of the chemicals used in the lab.

General information about chemical hygiene can be found at http://utk.edu/go/b2.

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