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1. Safety

Major Lab Safety Rules...

1. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times. Frivolous activities, mischievous behavior, throwing items, and conducting pranks are prohibited.

2. Lab and safety information and procedures must be read ahead of time. All verbal and written instructions shall be followed in carrying out the activity or investigation.

3. Eating, drinking, gum chewing, applying cosmetics, manipulating contact lenses, and other unsafe activities are not permitted in the laboratory.

4. Smelling, eating, drinking or removing chemicals, lab materials, or equipment from the classroom or laboratory is prohibited unless authorized by the instructor.

5. Safety glasses will be worn during any lab or activity where chemicals or glass are involved.

6. Dress appropriately for laboratory work by protecting your body with clothing and shoes. This means that you should use hair ties to tie back long hair and tuck into the collar. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing or dangling jewelry on laboratory days. Acrylic nails are also a safety hazard near heat sources and should not be used. Sandals or open-toed shoes are not to be worn during any lab activities. 

7. Know the location of all safety equipment in the room. This includes eye wash stations, the deluge shower, and fire extinguishers.

8. Sinks are to be used for the disposal of water and those solutions designated by the instructor. Other solutions must be placed in the designated waste disposal containers. 

9. Glassware is to be washed with hot, soapy water and scrubbed with the appropriate type and sized brush, rinsed, dried, and returned to its original location. 

10. ​Work areas should be kept clean and neat at all times. Work surfaces are to be cleaned at the end of each laboratory or activity.

Activity #1:

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1. Read through the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association list of rules (see the PDF document below the picture).  With your team, write down as many broken rules that are depicted in the picture above and who is breaking the rule.  Let's see how many your team can find.

2.  Team sharing of broken rules.