During this course, you may be exposed to potential hazards in the laboratory and field.  Participation in the course requires that you adhere to the following safety standards.  Students that do not follow these standards will not be allowed to participate in lab or field activities.  Any coursework missed as a result will be treated as an unexcused absence.

1.      You are responsible for knowing the hazards associated with materials used in the laboratory and environments and organisms that may be encountered in the field.  Listen to all instructions and ask questions if you do not understand something.

  1. The lab will make use of specimens preserved in aqueous solutions of 50% isopropyl alcohol or 70% ethyl alcohol, which can be potentially hazardous.  The MSDS safety information for both preservatives is available in the lab room and on the lab computers.
  2. Potentially dangerous animals may be encountered on field trips.  Do not touch animals with your hands unless they are confirmed to be non-venomous.

2.      Know the appropriate emergency response procedures and the location of safety equipment. If there is an injury or emergency, call 953-5611Know the location of telephones, eyewash, safety shower, fire extinguisher, fire alarm, and building exits.

3.      Do not work alone in the laboratory if you are working with hazardous materials or equipment.  Do not work alone in the field; always work in pairs or groups.

4.      Do not engage in horseplay, pranks or other acts of mischief while in lab or on field trips.

5.      Drinking, eating, and application of cosmetics is forbidden in the laboratory.  Smoking is forbidden in all College buildings and vehicles, and on field trips.

6.      Closed toe shoes are required in the laboratory and in the field.  The heel and top of foot must be covered.  Sandals and perforated shoes are not permitted.

7.      Protective gloves will be available in the laboratory for anyone who wishes to wear them.  Students are required to provide protective eyewear if needed.  If skin irritations are detected, wash exposed surface with mild soap and plenty of water.  If alcohol is splashed in the eyes, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for 15 minutes using the eye wash.

8.      Appropriate clothing must be worn on field trips, as described by the instructor, including long pants, long-sleeve shirts, and sturdy, closed toe shoes.

9.      During field trip travel, seatbelts must be used at any time that the vehicle is in motion.

10.  Broken glass and any other sharp objects should be disposed of in their respective specially labeled containers in the laboratory.

11.  Clean up the work area when you are done.  Before leaving the laboratory or field vehicles, you are responsible for making sure your space is clean and organized.

12.  Always have your College of Charleston identification and insurance information with you when working in the lab or field.  MedicAlert identification must be worn if you have any potential life-threatening chemical sensitivities or medical conditions.

13.  Report any accident or injury, however minor, to the instructor immediately.  A report form must be completed and forwarded to the department chair, dean, and Director of Environmental Health and Safety.


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