Laboratory safety at IU
When working in a laboratory, you might be exposed to hazards ranging from chemicals to radiation to physical stress. While lab safety is governed by federal, state, and local regulations, there are some things you can do to ensure your own safety.
- Be aware of potential hazards. Know the materials you’re working with — and what might go wrong. Make sure your equipment is in good shape before you start.
- Follow safety procedures: Wear appropriate clothing, gloves, and eyewear as determined by hazard assessment. Use chemicals and other materials only as directed. Be cautious with sharps. Don't eat, drink or chew gum in the lab. Wash your hands.
- Know what to do in an emergency: What procedures should you follow? Who do you call? Should you evacuate? Where are the nearest exits?
- Report concerns: Make sure someone in authority knows about any accident, even a minor one. If you see a potential hazard that the university needs to address, report it immediately.