About This Chapter
Safety During Science Experiments -- Chapter Summary
In this chapter's lessons, our instructors will show you how to work safely in a science lab. You'll go over laboratory equipment and how it is used, and learn about personal safety equipment and techniques. Other lessons cover the safe handling of chemicals and biological materials in the science lab.
You'll also get information on government regulations regarding the handling of certain materials. There is a lesson on the labeling of chemicals and supplies, and the controversy over the disposing of hazardous materials is discussed as well. Another lesson looks at the science safety handbook used in California public schools. After watching these lessons, you should know how to:
- Identify common science lab equipment
- List safety rules that protest people and equipment in the lab
- Prepare and handle solutions, chemicals and biological materials in a safe manner
- Understand procedures for safely disposing of lab materials
- Follow OSHA regulations for lab safety
- Find information in California's science safety handbook
Our brief lessons and self-assessment quizzes make learning enjoyable. The video lessons are accompanied by transcripts that include highlighted key words. There are also video tags in the timeline that allow you to easily go back and access specific information for review without re-watching the whole video lesson.
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. About the Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools
Taking the CSET exam for science teachers? One thing you'll be tested on is the Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools. We'll provide you with a brief overview of the document in this lesson so you'll have an idea of what's on the exam.
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