I've seen a number of questions where I get a nervous Nellie reaction. This is one.
I doubt that the average experimenters know:
- eye protection should be used.
- Experimenters know how to and are prepared to flush eyes
- wear lab coat or apron
- wear appropriate gloves
- Know that a large spill on body will result in removing clothes (never over head) and wash down in a shower
- HCl fumes in basement/garage for example can corrode just about everything including electrical wiring.
- How to properly dispose of acids or other chemicals.
- shouldn't work alone
- proper handling of flammable solvents
- when a proper fume hood is required
- how to dilute acids properly (esp sulfuric)
For many of the experimentalists seem totally carefree with regard to any safety procedures. What should we do to encourage a reasonable safety plan?