wrong? Could this hurt someone else?
What should I be looking for?"
Bad habits are easy to make; it's the good ones
you have to work hard at to get and keep. So how do you? Work hard at it!
Think to yourself: "This is a good habit to make." And then,
keep doing it over and over till it becomes a habit you don't have
to think about.
Rules are our little way of telling you, "WAKE UP AND
PAY ATTENTION!" We try not to make up stupid rules (but rarely
succeed). Most of the rules make sense if you think about them; if not,
ask us, and if they still don't make sense, quit and find another profession
(or convince us we're wrong so we change the rule). Either way, follow
the rules or pay the price (which may hurt your grade or cause injury,
but not both: if you cut off your finger, we figure that's punishment enough).
So the rules are as simple as we can make them:
- Safety (catch that word?) glasses/goggles MUST
be worn at all times.
- No open-toe shoes or sandals.
- No long hair flying every which way (into motors,
- No food or drink at the bench: you might grab
and drink the wrong stuff!
- KNOW what your weighing, mixing, pouring
- Watch yourself and the other guy: ask questions
of both of you.
- Know where the fire extinguisher is, the fire
blanket, the eye wash and the exits
- Program yourself for the obvious. Stand in the
lab the first few times and repeat after me: "In case of fire, I will
go to the fire extinguisher THERE, grab it, pull the pin, aim the hose
at the base of the fire, and blast the beejeebers out of it!" But
maybe you should first ask what kind of fire and what's the best
way to put it out. Sometimes, just putting a beaker or watch glass
over a flask with fire coming out shuts it down. Don't do the dramatic
if the simple will work (remember "common sense"??).
"Quiz over what?" you ask yourself.
Well, that is the point, isn't it? Take the quiz and see how many you get right: you have to
answer all questions correctly
to do the first
Now read the first lab (and every one after that),
- Think of three things that could go wrong with
the skills involved.
- Think of three things that could involve safety
problems: write these all down, bring them to class to discuss, and put
them in your lab report in the right place.