Ch 3: Science Laboratory Equipment & Safety

About This Chapter

Study these helpful science lessons to learn about laboratory equipment and safety methods. This chapter covers many concepts, including lab safety techniques, proper waste disposal and equipment maintenance.

Science Laboratory Equipment & Safety - Chapter Summary

These simple and straightforward science lessons will teach you the basics of laboratory equipment and safety. The chapter can help you review methods for lab equipment maintenance and care, as well as understand the proper procedures for disposing of hazardous materials. As you work through these lessons, you'll become more knowledgeable about lab safety techniques and emergency responses. After studying the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the types of and uses for common laboratory equipment
  • Maintain and care for laboratory equipment
  • Understand safe chemical storage, use and disposal concepts
  • Assess the dangers of disposing of hazardous materials
  • Know how to safely work with biological specimens in the lab
  • Summarize laboratory safety techniques
  • Identify standard and personal lab safety equipment
  • Determine how to respond to emergency situations in the lab

We use short and engaging lessons to simplify the studying process and make it more enjoyable. Our expert instructors break down essential lab equipment and safety concepts by using concise definitions and illustrative examples. After you complete a lesson, you can take its accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you've understood the most important information on the topic. Lesson transcripts are available to supplement your study and you can access these lessons at any time that fits your schedule.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Science Laboratory Equipment & Safety
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Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

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.

Care & Maintenance of Laboratory Equipment

2. Care & Maintenance of Laboratory Equipment

The equipment used in a laboratory is essential to any projects, experiments, and activities being performed there. This equipment must be properly maintained and cared for, which is the focus of this lesson.

Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

3. 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.

Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy

4. 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.

Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab

5. 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.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

6. 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.

Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab

7. 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.

Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment

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.

Responding to Emergency Situations in the Lab

9. Responding to Emergency Situations in the Lab

Science laboratories can be dangerous places. This lesson will discuss how to respond to various emergency situations one might encounter in the lab, from cuts and burns, to corrosive and poisonous substances, to fires.

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