School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Chemical Safety

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.

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