There is an opinion that safe chemical substances do not exist at all. However, there are safety precautions of their handling. For instance, one can hardly consider water an unsafe chemical substance, but people drown in water from time to time. Plumbum is regarded as one of unsafe chemical elements. Nevertheless, its intake as a poisonous substance conduces less fatal outcomes and damages, than while its use in making bullets. One can find different ways to get harm from chemical substances, as well as one can opt for many various ways to guard oneself from them.
▼ Start with calling your attention to your actions and to the object of your actions.
▼ Do not forget to put on safety spectacles while dealing with unsafe substances. Keep in mind a well- known proverb: to cherish as the apple of one's eye. As you can not be always 100 % sure, which substances are really safe, the best thing is to put on spectacles while dealing with any substance. The same rule should work, when you are by the side of a person, who deals with chemical agents. We are glad to suggest you a range of styles. Please, select yours and wear them.
▼ Always remember, where the safety precautions facilities are situated in your lab. Devote some time to ask the adviser about eye washing substances: where to take and how to use them. Learn more about safety facilities of the laboratory, as follows: a drench shower, a fire drencher, a first aid box. While dealing with chemical substances, you can get something in your eye. Therefore, use a specific eye washing substance.
▼ Inform your adviser about any incident as soon as possible.
▼ Store your food stuffs and drinks far from your lab workplace. It is better to have a special personal area for coffee breaks in the lab.
▼ If you are going to work with chemical agents, please, make yourself aware of all tags` and stickers ` contents in order to be sure you take the very chemical substance you need. It happens, one can mix up names. Thus, one can destroy an experiment or make an insecure reaction.
▼There are cases, when you are asked to deal with a definite concentration of a preparation. Therefore, you should read the sticker to verify the concentration and the denomination of the chemical substance. Everything is clear about the denomination, as for the concentration, note: it is denoted by the words “high-concentration” or “low-concentration” and “attenuated”. This information can also be indicated by characters, which are accompanied by capital letters “M” or “N”. For instance, your professor can tell you to deal with “2M sodium chloride”. Thus, you should verify if there is the inscription “2M sodium chloride” on the ticket. Of course, you should be aware, what these inscription signifies. Just keep in mind: the higher the character is, the bigger the concentration of a chemical substance is.
▼ Note: do not mix chemical agents, which you haven`t been asked to mix by your advisor.
▼ If some chemical agent has sloped, mop it up as soon as possible and tell the adviser about this.
▼ Do not forget to put on safety spectacles while work with different acids, as they are considered rather unsafe substances. However, the same can be said d about any chemical agent; for example, Aluminum bromide can scald while contacting with the skin. If it happens, that some quantity of this kind of substances gets onto you, wash it off as soon as possible with much water. You should tell your professor about this incident. This is one more significant motive to read tickets and tags. You should always have the full information about any chemical substance you work with. In emergency, necessary actions depend on what kind of chemical agent you deal with.