Physics Lab Safety


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  1. Shoes are required at all times.

  2. Food and drink are not permitted in the lab at any time.

  3. Any tobacco use is forbidden in the lab at any time.

  4. Do not come in the lab early unless the instructor is present.

  5. Keep the windows in the laboratory rooms closed at all times.

  6. Do not wear loose hair or clothing around moving equipment.

  7. Do not place equipment in the aisle or loiter in the aisle.

  8. Do not set equipment too close to the edge of the table.

  9. Do not activate any circuit or apparatus until the instructor inspects it.

  10. Only use lasers, projectile launchers, pendulums, etc., for the instructional purposes for which they were intended.

  11. Never look directly into the beam of a laser or into the barrel of a projectile launcher.

  12. All trash and waste materials should be disposed in the proper container. Do not pour chemicals into the laboratory sinks.

  13. Never touch a possibly live circuit.

  14. Do not short the electrical leads on any equipment.

  15. Any equipment not in use should be turned off.

  16. Do not take apart any apparatus or piece of equipment.

  17. All damaged equipment and chemical spills should be immediately reported to the laboratory instructor.

  18. Students should never handle liquid nitrogen.

  19. Students should never be allowed to use a Van de Graff generator unless directly supervised by the lab instructor.

  20. Never remove any computer components (especially the mouse or keyboard) unless the computer is turned off.

  21. Do not move or jostle a computer while the CPU is turned on.

  22. Do not place books or papers on the tops of computer monitors.

  23. Do not shutdown the computers or monitors unless instructed to do so by the lab instructor.

  24. Leave your lab station neat, clean and organized at the end of each lab period.

  25. Instructors teaching the last lab of the day should turn off the power to the computers' monitors at the conclusion of the lab.

  26. Instructors teaching the last lab of the week should properly power down each computer at the conclusion of the lab.

  27. Ensure that all laboratory doors are locked and closed at the conclusion of each lab.

If you have a question or comment, send an e-mail to Lab Coordinator: Jerry Hester

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