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Equipment, Safety Procedures and Hazards in the Chemistry Lab - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter's video lessons to review the essentials when it comes to chemistry lab safety equipment and procedures. Let our professional instructors guide you through types of lab equipment and how they're used, as well as methods for preserving specimens and storing chemicals.
You'll also refresh your memory of Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations, chemical hygiene plans (CHP) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The lessons may help you improve your skills in using and converting metric system units as well. By the time you complete the chapter, you should be able to:
- List types of lab supplies
- Describe how to properly work with solutions, chemicals and specimens
- Use MSDS and CHP information accurately
- Conduct lab measurements using the metric system
- Identify lab safety equipment and techniques
- Explain how to safely store and dispose of chemicals
- Understand OSHA regulations and SDS/OSHA labels
- Discuss concerns over hazardous material disposal
There are a lot of important concepts and terms in this chapter, but our short video lessons break them down so they're easier to retain. After watching the videos the first time, you may want to use the included tags to jump to major points for additional review. We provide lesson transcripts, which highlight key terms and concepts. Each lesson includes a self-assessment quiz so that you can quickly check your grasp of lab safety procedures and hazards.
1. Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses
Biologists use all kinds of equipment in their labs to run their experiments. In this lesson, you'll identify some of the most common pieces of equipment as well as when you should or shouldn't use them.
2. Chemistry Lab Equipment: Supplies, Glassware & More
When you bake a cake, you use different tools for each step in the process: a bowl for mixing, cups for measuring ingredients and an oven for baking. In this lesson, you will discover the name and purpose of many of the different tools that are used in the chemistry lab.
3. Handling Laboratory Solutions, Chemicals & Biological Materials
Working in a laboratory requires careful attention, both for safety and successful completion of tasks. Learn about the many ways biological and chemical substances need to be properly prepared, identified, stored, dispensed, and disposed of.
4. How to Preserve, Stain & Mount Microscope Specimens
Microscopes are incredible tools for observing the tiniest of organisms. Here we will identify the types of slides that can be made and describe how to best preserve, stain, and mount specimens. At the end, you can test yourself with a brief quiz.
5. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Definition & Purpose
In this lesson, you'll learn what a material safety data sheet is, its purpose, what information it contains, and the things you should focus on as a worker.
6. Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP): Definition & Use
In this lesson, we will discuss how to create and apply information from a chemical hygiene plans (CHP) to keep workers safe in a lab containing hazardous materials.
7. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment
Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.
8. Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment
Even with proper precautions, lab accidents do happen. When they do, knowing what safety equipment is in your lab, where it is located, and how to use it can prevent further harm to both the lab and the people working in it.
9. Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab
Science labs are great places to explore and learn. But they're only as safe as the people who use them, so in this lesson, we'll discuss some of the ways that you can protect yourself and prevent personal harm in the event of a lab accident.
10. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal
An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.
11. Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab
Working with biological specimens can be interesting and rewarding. But we need to be careful when handling and disposing of these types of specimens because they do have the potential to do harm both in and out of the lab.
12. Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA
The workplace can be a dangerous place, and workers are injured and even killed on the job. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to minimize dangerous workplace conditions.
13. Understanding SDS/OSHA Labels on Chemicals & Supplies
Safety Data Sheets are an important component of safe lab work. In this lesson, we'll dissect an SDS to better understand its various components and see how they help keep you and everyone else safe in any lab setting.
14. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy
Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.
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