Lab Safety

Please open the Lab Safety Survey (it should open in a new window). Arrange THIS page and the Survey so you can see them both.

Note: If you are absent from the Lab Safety Overview and Tour, please watch at home the YouTube Video ( - do NOT watch in class) and complete the Lab Safety Survey.

Some examples of equipment specific to this lab: Cutting boards, rotary paper trimmers, bulk paper cutter, and other sharp objects; dark, unfamiliar and cramped surroundings; machines such as binding machine, paper jogger, photographic enlargers, air compressor; electric equipment near water sources, various chemicals in and out of the darkroom, aerosol sprays, spot tones and other toning chemicals, hot irons, hot mount presses, etc.

General (to any lab)

1.            Knowing how to use the lab equipment is the most important safety rule.

2.            The entire facility is a lab and a place to work…horseplay will not be tolerated. Do not run around or otherwise cause commotion or confusion among your peers.

3.            All safety guards, if applicable, must be in their protective position while that piece of equipment is in use.

4.            All accidents, large or small, must be reported to the teacher immediately.

5.            All damage and/or broken equipment must be reported to the teacher immediately.

6.            Adjustments are never to be made while a machine is running.

7.            Do not disturb equipment operators. Stand back when watching another student.

8.            Do not disturb ANY equipment for which you have not been specifically instructed to use. Ask for permission rather than forgiveness!

9.            ALWAYS read and pay close attention to chemical labels, posted instructions, and signs.


Specific (to our lab)

10.       Be cautious of water on the floor; dry spillage immediately, even if you didn’t spill it.

11.       Be extra cautious with wet hands. Keep dry and clean as much as possible, to avoid shock, protect equipment, and preserve project medium (photo paper).

12.       Turn water faucets on slowly. NEVER run water at high volume. Do not pick up hoses to squirt at other objects.

13.       Be gentle when working with all equipment. Do not force items to turn or move. If it isn’t moving easily, there is probably a reason. Broken equipment creates hazards and reduces resources available to you.

14.       Use tongs to grab prints. Do not use your hands. Always make sure hands are clean before handling photo paper and/or equipment.

15.       Do not splash the chemicals, they will stain your clothes, cause skin irritation, and/or corrode equipment. Gloves can be worn when handling any chemicals, especially if sensitive skin or open wounds are exposed.

16.     Avoid cross contamination of chemicals. Do not allow “Fixer” to come in contact with fresh developer. Minimize developer in Fixer by dripping your prints before transferring to next tray.

17.       Eye protection and gloves must be worn by anyone mixing concentrated chemicals.

18.       Think safety. Accidents are avoidable. Paying attention to and following all safety rules will help to eliminate hazards and spoiled work.


 * Failure to follow the above rules will result in your removal from the lab. You will be restricted to your computer station and/or removed from the class.




Safety Contract

By my signature below, I acknowledge that I have been instructed on the proper procedures in the Communication Graphics’ lab so as to reduce the risk of personal injury due to hazardous chemicals and equipment. After having been informed of this risk, I accept the responsibility for my behavior in the labs and agree to engage in a safe, non-threatening behavior.

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Printed Name                                     Signature                                Date