Biological Sciences

Laboratory Safety

Lab instructors are required to educate themselves and their students on laboratory safety.

Lab Decorum | Chemical Use | Safety Equipment | Forms

Lab Decorum
A You are expected to behave in a congenial and respectful manner.  Disruptive behavior, behavior that impedes another student’s ability to learn, and disrespectful, rude, or threatening behavior directed toward a student or instructor will not be tolerated.
B Cellular telephones may not be used and must be turned off and placed in your book bag when you are in the laboratory. If others need to contact you at any time, give them the telephone number of the Biology Office (282-3765) or Public Safety (282-2515).
C Place your book bag and coats, hats, etc. on the shelves provided.
D When you leave your chair, push it under the lab bench.
E Eating and drinking are not permitted in the lab.
F Open-toe and open-heel shoes, high-heel or otherwise unstable shoes, clothing that exposes the midriff and/or most of the legs (shorts and short skirts), excessively loose-fitting clothing, hats, caps, and dangling jewelry may not be worn in laboratory for safety reasons.
G Long hair must be restrained (i.e., braided, tied in a pony tail, etc.) for safety reasons.
H Broken glass, razor blades, syringes and needles are to be disposed of in the appropriate containers, i.e. broken glass boxes and sharps containers. DO NOT PUT ANYTHING SHARP IN THE WASTE BASKETS!
I Notify your instructor of unsafe conditions such as broken glassware or water on the floor.
Chemical Use
A Read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for the chemicals being used in the laboratory.
B Do not get chemicals on skin or clothing. If you do, wash them off and notify your instructor.
C All containers of chemicals, including water MUST be labeled to prevent accidents and facilitate disposal.
D Never pour chemical reagents down the sink drain unless instructed to do so. Place used or waste chemicals in properly labeled chemical waste containers.
E Gloves must be worn when working with chemicals or specimens that have been preserved in formalin.
Building Safety Equipment


At the end of each hallway (east and west)
On the east wall of the stockroom (rm. 193) next to the fume hood
There are no emergency showers on the second floor. There are showers at the ends of both hall ways on the first floor.


Fire Blankets

Stockroom (room 193) on the wall next to the office (room 192)
Room 137--left side just inside door
Room 138--right side on east wall
Rooms 139, 151, 52, 153 --left side just inside door
Rooms 237, 243 -- inside left hand (west) door
Room 247 -- inside door
Rooms 250, 251 -- inside right hand (west) door


Fire Extinguishers

Stockroom -- west wall between rooms 191 & 192
Room 137 -- On the wall just inside the door
Rooms 138, 139 -- left side, just inside the door
Room 146 (EM suite) -- right side, just inside the door
Room 151 -- left side, just inside the door(north wall)
Rooms 152, 153 -- right side, just inside the door
Room 193 -- combustible metals extinguisher behind the southwest door
Above each drinking fountain
Rooms 261, 263 -- front (east) wall
Room 272 -- north wall
Front office, south of main door


Eye washes

There are eye wash fountains in each lab.


Fire alarms

Main hall just north of the elevator and stairwell
East hall between stairwell and room 140.

F Fire hose Above drinking fountains in the east and west halls.
G Wheelchair -- Room 193

Blood and body fluid kits

Stockroom (193).
Instructors' desk drawers in teaching labs.
Kits include: biohazard bag, 2 masks, 1 pair of goggles, 2 pairs of disposable gloves, a bottle of bleach which will need to be diluted before use, 2 kwik-wipe towelettes, 2 paper towels and instructions for clean-up.


If a blood/body fluid accident occurs:

      1. Put on the plastic gloves from the kit.
      2. Put on the safety goggles and mask if there is any possibility of the fluids contacting your mucous membranes.
      3. For small spills, use the Kwik-wipe towelettes.
      4. For larger accidents use the concentrated bleach which must be diluted with water to the line indicated on the bottle and may be used to disinfect counters, floors or any contaminated area. This must be left for 20 minutes and then wiped up with paper towels--WEAR GLOVES!
      5. Put all contaminated materials in the biohazard bag. The bag will be taken to the stockroom IMMEDIATELY after the clean-up and will be placed on the contamination table with a sign which reads “HUMAN CONTAMINANTS”.
      6. All such accidents should then be reported using the accident form and filed with the Laboratory Materials Supervisor (Pocatello - Aaron Wilkinson and Idaho Falls - Kathy Lloyd)


First Aid Kits

In the main office on second floor.
A large first aid kit is located in the Stockroom (room 193)
Room 240 -- in instructor’s desk
Room 251 -- inside left (east door)
Room 261 -- in instructor’s desk
Room 263 -- inside left (east door)
Biological Sciences Office -- above sink in 228

J Spill tamer kit - Room 261, west wall


Accident report form (fillable form, download and open in Adobe Reader)

Chemical waste label

Animal Care Facility information

Last Modified: 5/20/15