Since almost every lab uses chemicals of some sort, chemical safety rules are a must. Following these policies helps employees avoid spills and other accidents, as well as damage to the environment outside of the lab. These rules also set a clear procedure for employees to follow in the event that a spill does occur, in order to ensure it is cleaned up properly and injuries are avoided.
Having a strong set of overall laboratory safety rules is essential to avoiding disasters in the lab. Safety rules are only effective when they are enforced, which is why strong lab management is so important to a safe laboratory as well. Here are the safety rules that are most common at several laboratories: