Laboratory Rules and Policies

Lab Safety at Wilkes is Priority #1. Please observe the following!

  1. Eye protection, in the form of safety glasses or safety goggles, must be worn at all times. Contact lenses should NOT be worn in the laboratory. They offer little protection, and if a chemical should enter the eye, they would hinder proper first aid, and greatly increase the possibility of serious eye injury. All eye protection must have shatter proof lenses and side shields. If you refuse to wear eye protection, you cannot come to the lab.
  2. Emergency Telephone Number - including fires - call x4999
  3. Report any emergency, injury, chemical spill, or breakage to your TA immediately. All injuries must be reported, however trivial.
  4. At no time is an undergraduate student allowed to work in the laboratory without the supervision of an instructor. Students should perform authorized experiments only.
  5. Eating, drinking, and smoking in the laboratory are strictly forbidden. If you need to eat or drink, do it in the hall. Wash your hands before leaving the lab.
  6. NO FLIP FLOPS - Closed shoes must be worn in the lab. Ballerina flats and sandals are not permitted. Long hair should be tied back during the lab period. Dangling jewelry, long floppy sleeves, loose garments, short skirts, shorts of any length (including capri), scarves, and neckties should not be worn in the lab.
  7. Keep aisles and corridors clear. Back packs, coats, unused books, etc. must be stored on the coat rack in each lab. Access to emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, eye washes, etc.) must be unobstructed.
  8. When working with chemicals, gloves and lab coats (preferably with snaps for easy removal) are recommended. Always use the fume hood for chemical operations too hazardous to perform on the bench.
  9. Burns and fires are serious hazards. Some substances you will work with burn very easily. Also note that hot glassware looks very much like cold glassware, but its effect on your skin is very different.
  10. Follow prescribed procedures for disposal of chemical waste for storage of chemicals. Do what you can to reduce the chemical waste.
  11. Know the location of emergency exits, emergency showers, fire blankets, eyewash fountains and fire extinguishers. Always know two different ways out of the labs. In a real emergency, follow the instructions of the instructor, and move, don’t argue.
  12. Don’t clown around. The margin for error is smaller in the lab than in most other places.
  13. Visitors are not permitted in the lab. If the visit is essential, see them in the hall!

Lab Notebooks

You are expected to keep a current laboratory notebook. Read all guidelines provided in the lab manual. You are expected to record several classes of information in it: