If a demonstration requires any chemicals, there may be a risk of spilling hazardous materials.
- Ensure that you are familiar with the relevant MSDS for the chemicals used or have discussed with the lecture demonstration technician the relevant safety issues involved with any chemical used.
- Be sure to have a chemical spill kit available with the demonstration. Use Spill kits as instructed.
- Be sure all chemicals are in labelled containers with a lid.
- Do NOT pour chemicals until the moment they are required for the demonstration.
- Be sure all unwanted chemicals are disposed of in the proper fashion. Do NOT, under any circumstances, pour used chemicals down the sink.
- Safety goggles must be worn where there is the possibility of eye contact.
- Where possible spill trays should be used in case of spillage.
The following general precautions should be followed
- Chemicals should be treated with caution. Do not allow chemicals to come in contact with skin or clothing.
- Spillage on the skin: Immediately wash affected area with water for several minutes.
- Chemicals in the eyes. Wash the eyes with running water for at least 10 minutes.
- Inform safety officer and seek medical treatment.
- Contaminated clothing should be removed and bagged.
Always report any accidents to the safety officer who may recommend seeking medical advice.