- Examine the known hazards associated with the materials being used. Never assume all hazards have been identified. Carefully read the label before using an unfamiliar chemical. When appropriate, review the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for special handling information. Determine the potential hazards and use appropriate safety precautions before beginning any new operation.
- Be familiar with the location of emergency equipment - fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency eyewash and shower stations and know the appropriate emergency response procedures.
- Avoid distracting or startling other workers when they are handling hazardous chemicals.
- Use equipment and hazardous chemicals only for their intended purposes.
- Always be alert to unsafe conditions and actions and call attention to them so that corrective action can be taken as quickly as possible.
- Wear eye or face protection, a lab coat, and closed shoes.
- Always inspect equipment for leaks, tears and other damage before handling a hazardous chemical. This includes fume hoods, gloves, goggles, etc.
- Avoid tasting or smelling hazardous chemicals.