General Precautions. The following are general safety precautions that need to be observed by all operators of
the AOAP Mobile Laboratory.
· Always be mindful to 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 because of 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 your supervisor.
· 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.
Preventing Fires. The following fire prevention rules must be observed in all laboratory procedures:
· Do not smoke in the laboratory.
· Never leave open flames or heating elements unattended.
· Never pour hot liquids into drain. Set aside hot liquids to cool thoroughly in covered containers before
· Make sure that chemicals which may react together to produce dangerous fumes, fires, or explosion are stored in
their proper places.
· 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.
· Check fire fighting equipment periodically to make certain it is properly serviced and ready for use. This is done
by checking seals, tags, pressure gages, and hoses.