FlinnScientific, Inc.
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FlinnScientific's Student Safety Contract


Science is a hands-onlaboratory class. You will be doing many laboratory activities whichrequire the use of hazardous chemicals. Safety in the scienceclassroom is the #1 priority for students, teachers, and parents. Toensure a safe science classroom, a list of rules has been developedand provided to you in this student safety contract. These rules mustbe followed at all times. Two copies of the contract are provided.One copy must be signed by both you and a parent or guardian beforeyou can participate in the laboratory. The second copy is to be keptin your science notebook as a constant reminder of the safetyrules.


1. Conduct yourself in aresponsible manner at all times in the laboratory.

2. Follow all writtenand verbal instructions carefully. If you do not understand adirection or part of a procedure, ask the instructor beforeproceeding.

3. Never work alone. Nostudent may work in the laboratory without an instructorpresent.

4. When first entering ascience room, do not touch any equipment, chemicals, or othermaterials in the laboratory area until you are instructed to doso.

5. Do not eat food,drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory. Do not use laboratoryglassware as containers for food or beverages.

6. Perform only thoseexperiments authorized by the instructor. Never do anything in thelaboratory that is not called for in the laboratory procedures or byyour instructor. Carefully follow all instructions, both written andoral. Unauthorized experiments are prohibited.

7. Be prepared for yourwork in the laboratory. Read all procedures thoroughly beforeentering the laboratory. Never fool around in the laboratory.Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous andprohibited.

8. Observe goodhousekeeping practices. Work areas should be kept clean and tidy atall times. Bring only your laboratory instructions, worksheets,and/or reports to the work area. Other materials (books, purses,backpacks, etc.) should be stored in the classroom area.

9. Keep aisles clear.Push your chair or stool under the desk when not in use.

10. Know the locationsand operating procedures of all safety equipment including the firstaid kit, eyewash station, safety shower, fire extinguisher, and fireblanket. Know where the fire alarm and the exits arelocated.

11. Always work in awell-ventilated area. Use the fume hood when working with volatilesubstances or poisonous vapors. Never place your head into the fumehood.

12. Be alert and proceedwith caution at all times in the laboratory. Notify the instructorimmediately of any unsafe conditions you observe.

13. Dispose of allchemical waste properly. Never mix chemicals in sink drains. Sinksare to be used only for water and those solutions designated by theinstructor. Solid chemicals, metals, matches, filter paper, and allother insoluble materials are to be disposed of in the proper wastecontainers, not in the sink. Check the label of all waste containerstwice before adding your chemical waste to the container.

14. Labels and equipmentinstructions must be read carefully before use. Set up and use theprescribed apparatus as directed in the laboratory instructions or byyour instructor.

15. Keep hands away fromface, eyes, mouth and body while using chemicals or preservedspecimens. Wash your hands with soap and water after performing allexperiments. Clean (with detergent), rinse, and wipe dry all worksurfaces (including the sink) and apparatus at the end of theexperiment. Return all equipment clean and in working order to theproper storage area.

16. Experiments must bepersonally monitored at all times. You will be assigned a laboratorystation at which to work. Do not wander around the room, distractother students, or interfere with the laboratory experiments ofothers.

17. Students are neverpermitted in the science storage rooms or preparation areas unlessgiven specific permission by their instructor.

18. Know what to do ifthere is a fire drill during a laboratory period; containers must beclosed, gas valves turned off, fume hoods turned off, and anyelectrical equipment turned off.

19. Handle all livingorganisms used in a laboratory activity in a humane manner. Preservedbiological materials are to be treated with respect and disposed ofproperly.

20. When using knivesand other sharp instruments, always carry with tips and pointspointing down and away. Always cut away from your body. Never try tocatch falling sharp instruments. Grasp sharp instruments only by thehandles.


21. Any time chemicals,heat, or glassware are used, students will wear laboratory goggles.There will be no exceptions to this rule!

22. Contact lensesshould not be worn in the laboratory unless you have permission fromyour instructor.

23. Dress properlyduring a laboratory activity. Long hair, dangling jewelry, and looseor baggy clothing are a hazard in the laboratory. Long hair must betied back and dangling jewelry and loose or baggy clothing must besecured. Shoes must completely cover the foot. No sandalsallowed.

24. Lab aprons have beenprovided for your use and should be worn during laboratoryactivities.

Accidentsand Injuries

25. Report any accident(spill, breakage, etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the instructorimmediately, no matter how trivial it may appear.

26. If you or your labpartner are hurt, immediately yell out "Code one, Code one" to getthe instructor's attention.

27. If a chemical shouldsplash in your eye(s) or on your skin, immediately flush with runningwater from the eyewash station or safety shower for at least 20minutes. Notify the instructor immediately.

28. When mercurythermometers are broken, mercury must not be touched. Notify theinstructor immediately.


29. All chemicals in thelaboratory are to be considered dangerous. Do not touch, taste, orsmell any chemicals unless specifically instructed to do so. Theproper technique for smelling chemical fumes will be demonstrated toyou.

30. Check the label onchemical bottles twice before removing any of the contents. Take onlyas much chemical as you need.

31. Never return unusedchemicals to their original containers.

32. Never use mouthsuction to fill a pipet. Use a rubber bulb or pipet pump.

33. When transferringreagents from one container to another, hold the containers away fromyour body.

34. Acids must behandled with extreme care. You will be shown the proper method fordiluting strong acids. Always add acid to water, swirl or stir thesolution and be careful of the heat produced, particularly withsulfuric acid.

35. Handle flammablehazardous liquids over a pan to contain spills. Never dispenseflammable liquids anywhere near an open flame or source ofheat.

36. Never removechemicals or other materials from the laboratory area.

37. Take great care whentransferring acids and other chemicals from one part of thelaboratory to another. Hold them securely and walkcarefully.

HandlingGlassware and Equipment

38. Carry glass tubing,especially long pieces, in a vertical position to minimize thelikelihood of breakage and injury.

39. Never handle brokenglass with your bare hands. Use a brush and dustpan to clean upbroken glass. Place broken or waste glassware in the designated glassdisposal container.

40. Inserting andremoving glass tubing from rubber stoppers can be dangerous. Alwayslubricate glassware (tubing, thistle tubes, thermometers, etc.)before attempting to insert it in a stopper. Always protect yourhands with towels or cotton gloves when inserting glass tubing into,or removing it from, a rubber stopper. If a piece of glasswarebecomes "frozen" in a stopper, take it to your instructor forremoval.

41. Fill wash bottlesonly with distilled water and use only as intended, e.g., rinsingglassware and equipment, or adding water to a container.

42. When removing anelectrical plug from its socket, grasp the plug, not the electricalcord. Hands must be completely dry before touching an electricalswitch, plug, or outlet.

43. Examine glasswarebefore each use. Never use chipped or cracked glassware. Never usedirty glassware.

44. Report damagedelectrical equipment immediately. Look for things such as frayedcords, exposed wires, and loose connections. Do not use damagedelectrical equipment.

45. If you do notunderstand how to use a piece of equipment, ask the instructor forhelp.

46. Do not immerse hotglassware in cold water; it may shatter.


47. Exercise extremecaution when using a gas burner. Take care that hair, clothing andhands are a safe distance from the flame at all times. Do not put anysubstance into the flame unless specifically instructed to do so.Never reach over an exposed flame. Light gas (or alcohol) burnersonly as instructed by the teacher.

48. Never leave a litburner unattended. Never leave anything that is being heated or isvisibly reacting unattended. Always turn the burner or hot plate offwhen not in use.

49. You will beinstructed in the proper method of heating and boiling liquids intest tubes. Do not point the open end of a test tube being heated atyourself or anyone else.

50. Heated metals andglass remain very hot for a long time. They should be set aside tocool and picked up with caution. Use tongs or heat-protective glovesif necessary.

51. Never look into acontainer that is being heated.

52. Do not place hotapparatus directly on the laboratory desk. Always use an insulatingpad. Allow plenty of time for hot apparatus to cool before touchingit.

53. When bending glass,allow time for the glass to cool before further handling. Hot andcold glass have the same visual appearance. Determine if an object ishot by bringing the back of your hand close to it prior to graspingit.


54. Do you wear contactlenses?

55. Are you colorblind?

56. Do you haveallergies?

If so, list specificallergies




(student´s name) haveread and agree to follow all of the safety rules set forth in thiscontract. I realize that I must obey these rules to insure my ownsafety, and that of my fellow students and instructors. I willcooperate to the fullest extent with my instructor and fellowstudents to maintain a safe lab environment. I will also closelyfollow the oral and written instructions provided by the instructor.I am aware that any violation of this safety contract that results inunsafe conduct in the laboratory or misbehavior on my part, mayresult in being removed from the laboratory, detention, receiving afailing grade, and/or dismissal from the course.

Please sign the back ofthe Parent Signature Sheet:

We feel that you shouldbe informed regarding the school´s effort to create and maintaina safe science classroom/laboratory environment.

With the cooperation ofthe instructors, parents, and students, a safety instruction programcan eliminate, prevent, and correct possible hazards.

You should be aware ofthe safety instructions your son/daughter will receive beforeengaging in any laboratory work. Please read the list of safety rulesabove. No student will be permitted to perform laboratory activitiesunless this contract is signed by both the student andparent/guardian and is on file with the teacher.

Your signature on thiscontract indicates that you have read this Student Safety Contract,are aware of the measures taken to insure the safety of yourson/daughter in the science laboratory, and will instruct yourson/daughter to uphold his/her agreement to follow these rules andprocedures in the laboratory.


Please sign the back ofthe parent signature sheet.



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