1-8. SAFETY, CARE, AND HANDLING- continued.
a. General Precautions. The following are general safety precautions that need to be observed by all operators of the
Always be mindful of tests in progress. Never allow horseplay or loud talking that would divert the attention of
laboratory technicians. If it is necessary to leave the laboratory or to leave a test in progress, make certain no safety
hazard will result from your absence.
Do not attempt to perform tests simultaneously unless each test can be given the required attention.
Whenever in doubt concerning any operation, consult qualified authority for advice.
Do not attempt unauthorized shortcuts to save time, as they generally are not in accordance with safe laboratory
Be prepared for any emergencies which may arise, and be familiar with the proper action to take in event of
When ending daily operations, make a thorough and orderly check of laboratory, equipment and facilities to ensure
that no hazards may develop during the time the laboratory is unattended.
b. Preventing Fires. The following fire prevention rules must be observed in all laboratory procedures:
Do not smoke in the Petroleum Laboratory.
Never leave open flames or heating elements unattended.
Never pour hot liquids into drains. Set aside hot liquids to cool thoroughly in covered containers before discarding.
Make sure that chemicals which may react to produce dangerous fumes, fires, or explosion are stored in their proper
Make sure that volatile liquids and flammable products are kept away from heat sources, open flames, direct
sunlight, and electrical switches.
Make certain that there is no open flame or exposed heating element nearby when pouring highly volatile liquids.
Clean up chemical and liquid spills immediately.
Always pour acid into water; never pour water into acid.
Keep oily rags in a metal, airtight, closed container. Do not store oily rags in cabinets or drawers.
Make certain laboratory is adequately ventilated.