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4. General Rules

Your Workstation

The laboratory should be kept clean and tidy at all times. Broken glass and chemical spillages must receive immediate attention. Broken glass should be placed in a separate waste container. 

Do not use your mouth for pipetting. Avoid skin contact with chemicals.

Never carry out hazardous work alone. The person in charge in the laboratory, in consultation with the safety representative, decides what constitutes a risk.

Specific regulations for disposal of hazardous waste have been established for Lund University. Please note that vessels and packaging that have contained chemicals must be cleaned prior to disposal as normal waste. 

Prior to carrying out experiments, find out how any waste products should be dealt with.

Sinks, even in fume hoods, must always be kept free of waste.

Experiments which take place overnight or during a weekend or holiday should always be labeled in such a manner that the person responsible for the experiment can be reached by telephone. 

The risk of electricity- and water interruptions must be considered.

Warning signs must always be placed on equipment, which may constitute a specific risk.

Evacuation plan and fire extinguishing equipment

Find out where the evacuation plan, alarm buttons and fire extinguishing equipment are located, and study carefully the evacuation route and assembly points. Also determine alternative evacuation routes.

The corridors are evacuation routes and should therefore not be blocked with instruments, cabinets, equipment, etc. The width of the evacuation route should be at least 1.2 meters.

Personal protection

Wear a protective coat and protective goggles in the laboratory at all times. When necessary; the correct protective gloves should be worn.

Do not eat, drink, or smoke in the lab. Do not handle snuff (snus) nor apply cosmetics (including hand cream and lip balm. Do not taste the chemicals.

Risk assessment

A risk assessment must always be carried out before starting a new experiment. Risk assessments for work with chemicals with unknown properties must be carried out in the same way as for hazardous chemicals.