Lab Safety Equipment © The Science Duo
Lab Safety Equipment • Used to protect the body from injury or assist in responding to an emergency • It is important to know the location of the safety equipment in the room • Proper use of safety equipment can help to reduce or prevent dangerous situations
Goggles • Used to cover and protect the eyes Reasons to Wear Goggles 1. Working with chemicals 2. Working with heat or fire 3. Working with sharp objects 4. When instructed to do so by your teacher
Fire Extinguisher • Used to put out paper fires, trash fires, or larger fires • Aim the nozzle at the base of the flame and squeeze the handle • A fire extinguisher should never be sprayed on a person – can cause skin and eye irritation, breathing difficulty, or other serious health concerns • If a fire becomes too large it is best to evacuate the building and call for help
Fire Blanket • Used to smother small fires by removing oxygen from the flame • Made of fire resistant materials – some are woven fiberglass and others are wool • A person can be wrapped in a fire blanket and rolled to help smother a clothing fire
Eye Wash Station • Used to flush eyes with water due to a chemical splash or foreign object causing severe harm • Keep eyes open and roll eyes in all directions • Completely flush eyes with water for at least 15 – 20 minutes
Safety Shower • Used to wash off large chemical spills on the body or clothing • Pull handle and stand directly under the flow of water – do not waste time taking off articles of clothing • Completely rinse the harmful chemicals or acid off of your body
Checkpoint • 5 checkpoint questions • Discuss each question with a partner • Write a complete answer to each question on your notes page
Question 1 Identify 3 situations when safety goggles should be worn.
Question 2 Describe 2 similarities and differences of a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket.
Question 3 Explain the reason a fire extinguisher should never be used on a person.
Question 4 How do you properly use the eye wash station?
Question 5 Identify a situation that would require the use of the safety shower.