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Scientific Tools & Safety Practices - Chapter Summary
In this chapter on scientific tools and safety practices, you'll find lessons that outline these subjects clearly. You'll study chemical labels, safety equipment and instruments for scientific measurement. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify scientific tools and their uses
- Discuss the types and uses for scientific measurement instruments
- Take safety precautions and understand risks in science experiments
- Outline standard safety equipment in the lab
- Correctly handle laboratory solutions, chemicals and biological materials
- Understand OSHA/SDS labels on lab supplies and chemicals
- Address and respond to emergency situations in the laboratory
You can take your time as you work through this chapter of short lessons and multiple-choice quizzes. We've ensured you can study at your convenience by making these resources mobile friendly and available to you 24 hours a day. The lesson quizzes and chapter test make handy resources as you prepare for a test.
1. Scientific Tools and Their Uses
A scientist relies on tools to help make observations, carry out experiments and take measurements. Learn about the scientific tools used in a lab and the advanced tools used by scientists in the life sciences.
2. Scientific Measurement Instruments: Types & Uses
There are many valuable measuring devices in science. This lesson will highlight how to use three such precision instruments: Vernier calipers, screw gauges, and physical balances.
3. Understanding Risks & Taking Safety Precautions in Science Experiments
An important step in designing your experiment involves identifying and evaluating any potential safety risks. Knowing what these risks are ahead of time can help you avoid accidents and dangerous situations, which helps keep the experiment safe and fun for all.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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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