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I've seen a number of questions where I get a nervous Nellie reaction. This is
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?
Mar 7, 2016 at 8:03
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Do what has been done in other, similar situations. Take for example:
Assume no knowledge whatsoever. Think about whether you deem the full answer safe or not. If your answer is
no then answer accordingly, making note of the required safety. If you deem the full answer okay for non-knowledged people, think about what knowledge the OP has and then decide how much you want to stress the safety aspects.
In any case, answering is probably the best option you have, since it will give the OP full focus on what you want to say and ensure that the safety bit is being read.
Mar 21, 2016 at 0:35
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