Observe safety signs outside laboratory before you enter and adhere to any instruction provided.
- Do not wear open toe footwear e.g. sandals or flip-flops.In most labs, laboratory coats must be worn at all times. Suitable safety glasses or gloves may also be required, consult the risk assessment for your activity to identify the appropriate personal protective equipment required.
- No food or drink should be taken into or consumed within a laboratory.
- Use of personal music systems in labs in discouraged – it is important to be able to hear what is happening about you and be alerted if any alarms go off. They may also become contaminated if you handle-them whilst wearing gloves or if they are put down on the bench. As a maximum only 1 earpiece should be used.
- Keep the laboratory tidy by:
- no trailing cables or other trip hazards.
- store items carefully so they do not protrude into walkways.
- unwanted apparatus, chemicals and gas cylinders should be returned to stores.
- store your materials appropriately
- A notice should be attached to all potentially hazardous equipment or experiments to be left on overnight, indicating how it may safely be switched off in an emergency and who to contact.
- Dispose of your laboratory waste in the appropriate containers, be particularly careful how you dispose of broken glass, needles and sharps. More information on hazardous waste can be found here.
- Know what to do in an emergency:
- emergency contact details for staff with designated health and safety responsibilities should be displayed outside the laboratory.
- identify your nearest emergency exit, firefighting equipment, first aid kit, eye wash station and (in some labs) safety shower
- know what to do if you spill any hazardous materials, the location of your nearest spill kit, how to use it and, for more hazardous spillages where to get help
- Remove contaminated coats and gloves before leaving the laboratory and wash your hands thoroughly.
For more information please see your lab local rules.
Guidance on specific topics can be found on the following websites: