Lab protocols

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Through trial and error my class and I have learned that screwing around and misbehaveing in lab not only results in multiple page papers, but can also be harmful, dangerous, and costly to our teacher and school.

There are many rules or 'protocols' that should be followed in a lab enviroment. In this situation there are ten basic rules that must be followed at all times while participating in lab experiments. These are here for our own safety and should be followed for this reason.

The first rule is that everyone in the lab should wear eye protection. In a lab enviroment eye injury is very common. Eye protection greatly reduces this risk of injury.

The second is no horseplay. Horseplay can cause injury to yourself others and can cause damage to the laboraty.

The third rule is that you should only interact with your partner and the teacher.

This will prevent distraction from your set experiment.

The fourth rule is that you should not leave your experiment unattended whether you think it is dangerous or not. This rule is completely self explanatory for safety purposes.

The fifth rule is to be extremely careful with equipment. Not only for money purposes but also for your own personal safety.

The sixth rule is to not touch anything that the teacher or the lab specifically instructs you to. Because you don't need to.

The seventh rule states that activities should only be done if they are specifically discussed in your lab. This is for safety purposes and for the liability of the school.

The eighth rule is that you are not to contaminate chemicals by using equipment in more than one substance without washing it thoroughly. Doing this can cause explosion, fire, bodily harm, poisonous gasses, or possibly death. Also...