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Civil Engineering

Undergraduate Laboratories - Safety Rules

SAFETY GOGGLES/GLASSES must be worn at all times in the lab. Prescription glasses can be worn under the safety goggles.

FIRE: Use drench showers or blankets (Drop and Roll) for clothing fires. Immediately report it to the supervisor or lab demonstrator or other responsible individual, and then exit the laboratory and building quickly via proper exit route (Make sure you know where the exits are). Use fire extinguishers for bench-top fires or other fires only if very small fire.

CHEMICAL SPILLS: must be cleaned up immediately. Use plenty of water to rinse chemicals from eyes or skin. Remove chemical-soaked clothing if caustic. Know where showers and eye-wash fountains are and how to use them.

FOOD AND DRINK are not allowed in any laboratory.

ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES must be reported to the demonstrator or other responsible person. There are emergency first aid supplies available and most technicians and others are trained in basic first-aid, but any injury of consequence will be handled by the medical services.

FUME HOODS must be used for any experiment involving irritating or hazardous vapours.

UNSUPERVISED WORK: No student is permitted in the laboratories unless there is a supervisor present.

  • Be aware of the specific hazards associated with each lab exercise.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and foot wear (NO OPEN_TOED SHOES).
  • Familiarize yourself with all emergency safety equipment (eyewash, fire alarm, fire extinguishers, telephone).
  • Label all containers in use (bottles, beakers)
  • Do not leave hazardous experiments unattended
  • Clean your work area and wash before leaving the laboratory

THE BEST SAFETY PRECAUTIONS include ADVANCED PREPARATION for each laboratory and a CLEAN ORGANIZED WORK SPACE.

VIOLATION OF ANY SAFETY REGULATION IS GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION FROM THE LABORATORY

Emergency Contacts:

Lloyd Rhymer, Departmental Manager, ELLIS-241, 533-2123

FIRE/AMBULANCE/SAFETY -Emergency Report Centre, 533-6111


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