Responsibility for Lab Equipment

Each student is assigned a numbered lab cabinet (+ drawers) and is expected to assume responsibility (including some financial responsibility) for the equipment therein. All cabinets contain exactly the same equipment. If your cabinet is missing a required item, go to the Stockroom for a replacement. Never remove equipment from other cabinets unless directed to do so by an instructor.

Special note regarding personal protective gear (eye protection, lab coats, gloves): Eye protection, lab coats and gloves, are provided to you at no cost. During week one, you will choose goggles or specs that fit properly and if they break during the semester, the Stockroom will provide replacements at no cost. You will also receive a lab coat. Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn whenever any student in the lab is conducting an experiment. Eye protection (goggles or specs) must also be worn by all lab visitors.

At the end of the lab day, place all of your cabinet items (equipment, personal protective equipment) back inside your cabinet. Do not leave any equipment or protective gear in fume hoods, on bench tops, or on drying racks. Label all containers that are used to store compounds, even those that can be stored in your cabinet. Note: Some compounds should not be stored in the cabinet, and should be disposed of or stored in another location instead. Check with your instructor to find out what is appropriate.

Never remove any item from the lab without obtaining your instructor’s approval. Unauthorized removal of any lab item is a potential Honor Principle violation.

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