Science experiments are vital for kids. They are useful in understanding the theories and concepts of science that can not be comprehended alone by science text books. But science labs are risky by the very nature of chemicals and lab experiments that are being conducted out there.
Here are 10 safety rules that should be followed in science labs to avoid accidents and injuries in the lab.
- Kids should not be allowed to touch any chemicals or lab equipment unless they are instructed to do so.
- Students should never ever work in science lab in the absence of their teachers.
- Students must follow all the written and verbal instructions when conducting the science experiment. In case they do not follow anything, they must clarify it first.
- It is very important to be alert and be cautious when in the science laboratory. Eating, drinking, playing pranks, using mobile phones, or listening to music should be strictly prohibited.
- Before using any chemicals, read the label carefully. When mixing chemicals or conducting the experiment, keep the test tube containing the chemical away from your face, mouth, and body.
- Unused chemicals should never be put back in the original bottle. They must be disposed off as per the guidelines given by the lab assistant or science teacher.
- Students must be made to wear safety goggles, lab coat, and shoes in the science laboratory. Loose clothes, sandals, and open hairs should be a strict NO in school science labs.
- Examine glassware before using. Do not use chipped or cracked test tubes or beakers.
- Hot apparatus take time to cool down. Allow time to cool them down and use tongs or heat protective gloves to pick them up.
- If any accident takes place, do not panic. Inform your teacher immediately and lab assistants for help.
Let your students have a safe learning experience in your school science labs.