1. Do EACH of the following activities:

  1. Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each one is used.
    • Safety Equipment: Goggles, coat or apron, fume hood, safety shower, eyewash, first aid kit, telephone. Common sense stuff: know about the experiment you are doing. Label and record what you do. Demo:
      • Put ether in a vial, shake it, throw it and blow it up. This probably shouldn't be done in a class setting.
      • Get several small vials. Put different smelly things in them (alcohol, vegetable oil, nail polish). These are rather dilute. Then make one with concentrated vinegar. You can pass the first around and have the students smell them. Then, pass the last one, and if they smell it too closely, they get a live demo of why to not smell things too closely. (Carlos says vinegar is safe.)
  2. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used.
  3. Obtain an MSDS for both a paint and an insecticide. Compare and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these two common household products.
    • See above
  4. Discuss the safe storage of chemicals. How does the safe storage of chemicals apply to your home, your school, your community, and the environment?

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