Laboratory Safety Rules


  1. You must arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of each session.

  2. You should have laboratory notebook with hard cover. The laboratory notebook should include all experiments for the whole semester and will be assessed at the end of the semester.

  3. The report structure for each experiment in the laboratory notebook should include:

    1. Objectives

    2. Methodology

    3. Results

    4. Calculations

    5. Discussions

    6. Conclusion.

  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) MUST be worn at all times. PPE are laboratory coat and safety glasses. If a student is found not wearing PPE, he/she will be expelled from the laboratory session without prior warning.

  5. No food or drink should be entered into the laboratory and certainly should not be consumed, no chewing gum, and no mobile phones.

  6. At the end of each experiment, the student is required to clean up the laboratory bench, glassware, and return the instrument to the state he/she found it.

  7. During the experiment you will be required to record the results directly onto your notebook or result sheet. This must be done in PEN not in pencil.

  8. At the end of each session, the completed laboratory notebook, result sheet, or both of them must be shown to the supervisor in charge of the laboratory whereupon it will be signed and dated.

  9. Failure to arrive on time at the laboratory sessions or turning up without your safety glasses or laboratory coat will result in you not being able to participate in the laboratory sessions and you will be assigned zero for that practical. This will be applicable for the all above mentioned eight rules.

  10. You MUST read the manual before attempting to use the equipment, if you unclear with any aspect, then ask the supervisor.

  11. Open shoes, such as sandals, should never be worn in the laboratory. The student should wear closed shoes during the practical. Also tie your long hair.

  12. Do not carry out any practical session/experiment unless in the attendance of laboratory supervisor.

  13. Never use unlabeled or unknown chemical substance.

  14. Report all accidents to the laboratory supervisor; including personal accident, chemical spill or broken glasses.

  15. In case of any fire accident, you should use nearest fire exit and report yourself at fire assembly.

  16. Restrict laboratory access to authorized people only. Unauthorized people should obtain permission from the head of Department of Chemistry.

  17. Do not use chairs in the laboratory; these should be replaced by laboratory stools.

  18. Never pipette with mouth, use device pipette instead.

  19. Emergency exit in the laboratory should always be kept clear. This also applicable to emergency equipment: eyewash, safety shower, first aid box, and fire extinguishers.

  20. You should use fume cupboard in case you are dealing with volatile or flammable concentrated materials.

  21. You should use biohazard cabinet in case you are dealing with biological samples (blood, urine and feces).

  22. Turn off gas, water, electricity, and heating apparatus.

  23. DO NOT leave students working alone in the laboratory without supervision (no student at any time should carry out an experiment alone).

  24. Waste disposable should be in designated places (locations).

  25. You should wash your hands thoroughly before leaving the laboratory.

  26. The laboratory supervisor should lock all doors and windows at the end of laboratory session.



  • Health and Safety Handbook. Eid Ibrahim Brima. In press. King Fahd National Library.