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Hygiene and Chemical Safety

Good personal hygiene will help minimize exposure to hazardous chemicals.

When working with chemicals, follow these guidelines:

  • Wash hands frequently and before leaving the laboratory. Also, wash hands before eating, drinking, smoking, or applying makeup.
  • Remove contaminated clothing immediately. Do not use the clothing again until it has been properly decontaminated.
  • Follow any special precautions for the chemicals in use.

In addition, follow these special precautions:

  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, or apply makeup around chemicals.
  • Do not wear contact lenses near chemicals, especially corrosives or volatile solvents. Please check with your principal investigator or safety officer if you have question relating wearing contact lenses.
  • Do not keep food or food containers anywhere near chemicals.
  • Do not use laboratory equipment to serve or store food or drinks.
  • Do not sniff or taste chemicals.