Lab Safety Instructions for
Biology 301–Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
Most of the plants, tools, and
chemicals we work with are pretty harmless, and most situations require
only common sense. However, safety regulations do apply to the
Biology 301 lab.
These are general instructions.
Your TA will have specific instructions for each lab. Always ask
your TA or lab coordinator if you are unsure what to do.
–Know the location of the first
aid kit, fire extinguisher, eye wash station, and shower
The first aid kit is in the cabinet at the end of the lab table nearest
the windows. The fire extinguisher, eye wash station, and shower
are in the hallway, south of the lab room.
–Know the location of and refer to the Manufacturer’s Safety Data
Sheets for ethanol and Carosafe.
–Do not smoke, eat, drink, fiddle with contact lenses, or apply
makeup or lotion in lab.
–Wear closed-toe shoes to all labs.
–Wear eye protection–safety glasses, goggles, or regular
eyeglasses–when working with specimens preserved in Carosafe
liquid. (We will tell you which these are. Just bring
protection each week.)
–Dispose of all Carosafe specimens in the Hazardous Waste
–Bring or ask for and wear rubber gloves if you are particularly
sensitive to ethanol, Carosafe, or plant sap. (This is uncommon.)
–Exercise caution when using sharp instruments such as dissecting
needles and blades.
–Dispose of used blades and broken glass in the appropriate
–Be aware that some plant specimens may have prickles, thorns,
irritant sap, or allergenic pollen. We will point out which ones need
to be handled with extra caution.
–Wash your hands before eating, after handling fresh or preserved
ON FIELD TRIPS
–Wear a seat belt in the van.
–Wear closed-toe shoes.
–If you are sensitive to sun, wear sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves,
etc. Carry water if you need to.
–Watch for insects and snakes.
–Learn what poison ivy looks like and know how to avoid it.
–Follow any instructions your TA, lab coordinator, or trip
guide/host gives you.
–Do not eat anything unless you are specifically instructed to do
–Do not wander off.
last updated MDR 6-24-2010