Safety First


Safe practices for handling chemicals:

  • Design your experiment carefully
  • Study Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for every chemical you use
  • Use smallest quantities allowed by your experiment
  • Use APPROPRIATE protective equipment (gloves, lab coats, masks, goggles, hoods, glove box, inert environment,…)
    • MSDS will tell you what type of glove/mask/handling is appropriate
  • Make sure you have the means to address an accident
    • Weak bases to neutralize acids, weak acids to neutralize bases
    • If you use HF: you MUST have calcium gluconate gel next to it, to use on the skin in case of an accident
  • Store you chemicals as outlined in the MSDS when not in use
    • Hood is NOT a good storage place for your chemicals
  • Transport chemicals safely: use rubber buckets (or similar) for glass bottles, carts for gas cylinders and rubber buckets or cardboard boxes for powder containers.
  • LABEL everything appropriately. Label should have: chemical name or formula, your name/lab room, phone extension
    • Chemicals labeled inappropriately will be dumped as waste
  • Dispose of chemicals SAFELY after use
    • MSDS contains information on how to safely dispose a chemical
    • Use the sink only if you trust your chemical enough to drink it
    • Sharps and harmful solid waste goes to “Sharps-Solid waste” containers (ask IESL safety officers on how to get them)
    • Label your waste containers as well