Saint Louis University
Department of Biology
No food or drink
No Open-toed shoes
1. PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE!!!
2. Although many chemicals used in this course are not inherently toxic,
all chemicals and solutions should be treated as if they are potential toxins.
Therefore, NEVER put anything in your mouth in the laboratory. No
eating, drinking, smoking, gum chewing, application of cosmetics is allowed
in the laboratory, unless specifically related to physiology lab.
3. Disposable gloves should be worn to protect the hands when handling all
caustic or carcinogenic materials. If you contaminate your gloves while
handling these kinds of materials, please change them immediately. Reduce
the potential for contamination of areas outside the lab by removing your
gloves and washing your hands before leaving the laboratory. This includes
working with animals, caustic chemicals or any other potential contaminating
4. Do not store backpacks, purses, or books that are not required for performing
the experiment on top of the bench where you are working to minimize the
opportunity to spill things on your personal belongings.
5. Be aware of locations of (and know how to use) the
Fire extinguisher (Beside door)
Eye wash station (Open it and swing it into position over sink)
Deluge shower (Opposite corner of the second floor halway)
Chemical spill kits (Bottles on green mounts in two locations on hall wall)
MSD sheets (Notebook in the back)
6. Always double-check the label of any chemical that you use.
7. Always report any accidental spills, burns, cuts, fires, etc. IMMEDIATELY
to your instructor. If a spill occurs, cover the spill with paper towels
to prevent the spill from spreading.
8. Discard chemicals, biological materials, and paper as directed by your
9. Avoid shorts, skirts, or open-toed sandals in the lab as it increases
the likelihood for chemical exposure to skin in the case of a spill. If
you have a lab coat and/or safety glasses, we encourage you to wear them.
The biology department also has a few lab coats that you may borrow during
10. Please report any damaged or defective equipment to your instructor
as soon as possible so that we may repair or replace it.
11. Please dispose of
All glass in specially-marked cardboard boxes (Several in the lab room)
Metal sharps (needles, razor blades, etc.) in the plastic sharps waste container.
12. If you are in doubt, or if you have a question, please ASK!
This page was last updated 1/7/14
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