General Laboratory Safety

General Laboratory Safety practices can be found in section 20-05-01 of Loyola's safety practices guide.  

  1. Our safety guidelines promote safety awareness and encourage safe working practices in the laboratory.  Exercise good judgment and work responsibly.  This ensures not only your own safety, but that of each and every student in the laboratory.  
  2. Do not eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in the lab area.  Food and drink must not be stored in refrigerators in which laboratory materials are kept as they can easily become contaminated by chemical or biological hazards.
  3. Do not pipette by mouth; use mechanical pipetting devices.
  4. Locate the nearest eye-wash station, fire extinguisher, and exit doors relative to your work space in the laboratory.
  5. Report all spills and accidents to the instructor/supervisor immediately.
  6. Wash skin immediately and thoroughly if contaminated by chemicals or microorganisms.
  7. Flush eyes immediately with water for at least 15-20 minutes if contamination occurs.
  8. In the event of an emergency (serious injury or accident), the instructor/supervisor will contact Student Health Services, Ext. 3326 or the Loyola Department of Public Safety, Ext. 3434 for further assessment and treatment.  All accidents must be reported to the Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  9. Appropriate personal protective equipment (eg. eye protection, laboratory coats and gloves) should be donned before handling potentially hazardous biological materials.  Check with the instructor/supervisor regarding the need for personal protective equipment.
  10. Laboratory personnel must wear foot protection at all times in laboratories, laboratory support areas and other areas where chemical, biological and physical hazards are present.  Laboratory personnel should not wear sandals or similar types of perforated or open-toe shoes whenever working with or around hazardous chemicals or physical hazards.
  11. Wash your hands after removing personal protective equipment, after contact with contaminated materials, and before leaving the laboratory.
  12. Waste materials should be disposed of in the areas designated by the instructor/supervisor.
  13. Never perform unauthorized experiments.  Never indulge in "horseplay."
  14. Work benches should be kept clutter-free as feasible, and aisles should be free of trip hazards.

“Make learning how to be safe an integral and important part of science, education, your work and your life.”
- Laboratory Safety Institute

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer at Ext. 3682.