Chemistry Safety: Hazard symbols

Join lab assistant Marie to find out how to decide on the correct laboratory practice and personal protective equipment when dealing with hazardous chemicals. Learn the meaning of the hazard symbols and apply your knowledge with some example chemicals.

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This short, targeted simulation is adapted from the full-length “Chemistry Safety” simulation.

Hazards are everywhere, but can you minimize the risks? In this simulation, you will work with lab assistant Marie to identify the hazard symbols of hazardous chemicals related to a biodiesel production experiment. Learn the meaning of the hazard symbols and apply this knowledge in the lab with example chemicals.

Equip yourself safely in the lab

You will learn about the correct laboratory practice, by being introduced to ensuring they always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment in the lab before beginning any lab experiment, and handling a variety of hazardous chemicals.

Learn the hazard symbols

Test your own general knowledge on the hazard symbols in an interactive minigame. Here, you will have to identify the correct hazard symbols which represent the description provided in each question. You will be made aware that there are still hazards related to solvents used to clean up workstations such as cleaning up a stain or spillages in a fumehood. Also highlighting the hazards and risks involved when the stain or spillage is of an unknown substance and the standard precaution taken with such unknown substances.

Chemistry safety data sheet

How do you interpret safety data sheets? You are exposed to the chemistry safety documentation that is available for most chemicals. You are required to observe and identify the correct P statements for hazards for example chemicals related to a biodiesel production experiment. One of the examples for this is methanol. This will consolidate your understanding on how to properly handle and work with specific chemicals in the lab. Finally, you are given the opportunity to test your understanding of the document with quiz questions that require pinpointing the right information about the chemical.

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Join lab assistant Marie to find out how to decide on the correct laboratory practice and personal protective equipment when dealing with hazardous chemicals. Learn the meaning of the hazard symbols and apply your knowledge with some example chemicals.

Techniques in lab
Personal protective equipment, Hazard symbols, How to clean up stains/spillages
Learning objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to...

  • Interpret the hazard symbols associated with different chemicals
  • Locate the hazard symbols on the bottle or container
  • Apply hazard identification skills to safe working practice in the laboratory
  • Locate important information in a safety data sheet
Simulation features

Length: 15
Accessibility mode: Available
Languages: English (United States)

NGSS

Lab safety support

IB

Supports The Laboratory Safety Institute’s Laboratory Safety Guidelines

AP

Generic lab safety support