Safety

Studying living things is interesting, fun, and rewarding, but it can be hazardous. The hazards can be chemical, physical, radiological, or biological and can vary between the the lab and the field. For example, getting splashed in the eye with a blinding chemical is more likely to occur in the laboratory, but falling down a cliff or getting bitten by a poisonous spider is more likely to occur in the field.

Good Laboratory Practice

Lab safety involves good laboratory practice, which means establishing safe, common-sense habits, as shown in Figure 1-15. Never work alone in the lab or without proper supervision by the teacher, and always ask your teacher before using any equipment. The diagram below shows the safety symbols used in this book. More information on lab safety and the safety symbols can be found in the Appendix.

Eye Safety

Eye Safety

Animal Care and Safety

Animal Care and Safety

Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Hand Safety

Hand Safety

Heating Safety

Heating Safety

Plant Safety

Plant Safety

Safety with Gases

Safety with Gases

Hygienic Care

Hygienic Care

Chemical Safety

Sharp-Object Safety

Glassware Safety

Clothing Protection

Clothing Protection

Proper Waste Disposal

Proper Waste Disposal

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