- Never handle equipment or materials until you have read/watched the instructions and any applicable Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
- Store lab materials in a temperature controlled area and away from extreme temperatures (i.e. not in a hot car, attic, basement, etc.)
- If applicable, put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as goggles or gloves before beginning experiment
- Follow all instructions (written, verbal, and video) carefully, including clean up instructions.
- Do not perform unauthorized activities or experiments with lab materials
- If performing labs in a location that comes into contact with food (i.e. kitchen table, kitchen counter, etc), sanitize the area before and after performing the experiment.
- Wash your hands at the end of lab.
- For consumable materials: all liquid materials used in home lab experiments can be disposed of down the sink with running water, and all solid materials can be put in the garbage or recycled.
- Lab coats are not required for at-home lab experiments.
- PPE such as gloves and goggles are optional.
- Secure long hair back and away from your face so that it does not get into the lab materials or obscure your vision.
- Be aware that some experiments use chemicals that may stain or discolor clothes. Take this into consideration when choosing what to wear while performing home lab experiments.
- Students should inform the professor of any chemical allergies (e.g. Iodine, etc). at the beginning of the semester.
- All at-home lab materials are freely available to purchase at any grocery, pharmacy, or hardware store, and thus are safe for at-home use, however, some materials are not appropriate for children (and pets) and present a health or choke hazard (rubbing alcohol, lactase enzyme, seeds, etc). If you have small children (and/or pets) in your home, store the container of lab materials in a secure place out of reach of small children (and/or pets).
- Do not taste or smell chemicals without specific permission from the professor.
- Do not return unused chemicals to the original container (this will contaminate the original container, and may alter the results of future experiments).
- Use only the amount of chemicals needed for the procedure. Keep containers closed when not actively in use.
- All students will be familiar with Safety Data Sheets (SDS), where they are located, and the type of information that can be found on them.
- Never eat or drink from laboratory materials.
- Only dispose of materials per the lab instructions (varies by lab)
- If you must smell a chemical, use your hands to waft the smell toward your face. Do not place the chemical directly below your nose.
- Use mitts or other instruments when handling heated glassware. Reminder that hot glass looks the same as cool glassware!
- Never leave heat sources unattended (i.e. stove, any kind of open flame)
- Use electrical equipment according to its purpose and design. Do not use equipment that has cords/plugs with exposed wiring. If you discover exposed wiring in electrical equipment, please do not use that equipment.
I, _____________________________________________, agree to:
- Purchase the required materials (per the required materials list) in order to complete my lab assignments
- Abide by the safety rules for at-home biology labs outlined above, along with any additional safety information provided in lab texts, video demonstrations, or instructor communication.
- Understand the safety information on relevant SDS sheets before handling lab materials/chemicals
- Follow lab instructions at all times
- Keep lab materials out of reach of small children/pets.
By signing below I acknowledge:
- I am responsible for purchasing the required materials (per the required materials list) in order to complete my lab assignments
- I am responsible for my own safety/the safety of others in my household while performing experiments.
I, (print name) _____________________________________ have read and understand the preceding rules of (print class) ________________________________________________
Student signature: _______________________________________ Date ___________