Department Of Chemical Engineering :: Unit Operations Laboratory

Checklist for Lab Safety

Before each experimental session:
  1. Locate the following safety equipment nearest to your work area:
    • First-aid kit
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Safety shower
    • Eyewash unit
    • Chemical spill kit
  2. Locate the nearest exit
  3. Locate the circuit breaker panel
  4. Check that the safety equipment, walkways, and circuit breaker panel are not obstructed.
  5. Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for chemicals involved in your experiment
  6. Wear the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary for your experiment
  7. Check that compressed gas cylinders are
    • Adequately secured
    • Capped or have regulators attached at all times
  8. Check that storage tanks for your experiment are adequately labeled