General Laboratory Safety Procedures

Complete appropriate safety training before working in any lab
If you are unsure as to what training to complete, ask the PI, department safety officer, or review this chart. (link to the safety training chart I will send to you)
Do not work alone in the laboratory, particularly after regular business hours
Know the location of all room and building exits, fire alarms, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, eye wash, and safety shower
Approved eye protection (safety glasses, or goggles) must be worn at all times in the laboratory. Standard prescription eye glasses are not acceptable for eye protection
Always wear appropriate attire when working in the lab. No shorts, skirts, dresses, or other clothing that leave areas of skin exposed where hazardous chemicals are in use.
  • Shoes must completely cover the foot. No sandals, open-toed shoes, shorts, or crocs are allowed
Long hair must be tied back, and all loose-fitting clothing or dangling jewelry must be secured or removed while in the laboratory.
No food or drink of any kind is allowed at any time in the laboratory
No equipment may be used without proper training or demonstrated competency
All aisles must be kept clear. All exits, eyewash stations, safety showers, fire extinguishers, and emergency disconnects, must remain accessible at all times
All equipment guards must remain in place. You may not modify equipment without approval of the PI or department safety officer who must do a hazard assessment associated with proposed changes
All chemical storage rules must be observed at all times. All chemicals must remain closed until used, and all chemicals must be marked with substance name, hazard information, concentration, date of creation, and person responsible
All chemical waste must be disposed of in approved and labeled containers. Do not place chemicals or other hazardous waste into sinks or garbage cans
Any unsafe or dangerous behavior must be reported to the PI, department safety officer, or UK EHS (859)257-3827.