Chemistry Lab Safety


We strive to maintain the safest laboratory environment possible for our students and employees.  Prior to entry into the laboratory portion of a course, each student is given a list of general guidelines for laboratory conduct.  Most of these focus on safety issues.  Close adherence to these rules will minimize the chance for laboratory accidents such as:

  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Fires
  • Chemical Exposure

Each laboratory is equipped for limited emergency response with the following items:

  • Telephone
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Safety Shower
  • Eyewash

Familiarity with the location and proper use of these devices will give the student additional protection in an emergency.  First aid supplies are located in the office of the lab/safety/waste coordinator in the Chemistry Building.  Any accident or injury should be reported there.

Students and employees should refer to the Murray State University Chemical Hygiene Plan.  This is available in the Chemistry Department or from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.  Also available at the same locations are safety data sheets (SDS).  These provide information regarding the hazards of chemicals purchased by the university.