Lab Safety Test: Awareness Quiz!

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  • 1. 

    Flammable materials, like alcohol, should never be dispensed or used near:

    • A.

      An open door

    • B.

      An open flame

    • C.

      Another student

    • D.

      A sink

    Correct Answer
    B. An open flame
    Explanation
    Flammable materials, like alcohol, should never be dispensed or used near an open flame because they can easily catch fire and cause a dangerous situation. Open flames create heat and can ignite the flammable materials, leading to a fire hazard. Therefore, it is important to keep flammable materials away from any potential ignition source to ensure safety.

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  • 2. 

    If a laboratory fire erupts, immediately.

    • A.

      Notify your instructor

    • B.

      Run for the fire extinguisher

    • C.

      Throw water on the fire

    • D.

      Open the windows

    Correct Answer
    A. Notify your instructor
    Explanation
    In the event of a laboratory fire erupting, it is important to immediately notify your instructor. This is because the instructor is responsible for the safety of the laboratory and its occupants. They will have the knowledge and authority to take appropriate actions such as evacuating the area, activating fire alarms, and contacting emergency services if necessary. Alerting the instructor ensures that the situation can be addressed promptly and effectively, minimizing potential risks and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

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  • 3. 

    Approved eye protection devices (such as goggles) are worn in the laboratory.

    • A.

      To avoid eye strain

    • B.

      To improve your vision

    • C.

      Only if you don't have corrective glasses

    • D.

      Any time chemicals, heat or glassware are used

    Correct Answer
    D. Any time chemicals, heat or glassware are used
    Explanation
    Approved eye protection devices are worn in the laboratory to protect the eyes from potential hazards such as chemicals, heat, and glassware. These devices act as a physical barrier and help prevent any damage or injury to the eyes that may occur during laboratory activities. Wearing them is important whenever there is a risk of exposure to these hazards to ensure the safety of the individual.

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  • 4. 

    If you wear contact lenses in the school laboratory,

    • A.

      Take them out before starting the lab

    • B.

      You do no have to wear protective goggles

    • C.

      Advise your science instructor that you wear contact lenses

    • D.

      Keep the information to yourself

    Correct Answer
    C. Advise your science instructor that you wear contact lenses
    Explanation
    It is important to advise your science instructor that you wear contact lenses while in the school laboratory because they need to be aware of any potential risks or precautions that need to be taken. Contact lenses can be more susceptible to certain chemicals or hazards in the lab environment, and the instructor may provide specific instructions or safety measures to ensure your eyes are protected.

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  • 5. 

    If you do not understand a direction or part of a lab procedure, you should

    • A.

      Figure it out as you do the lab

    • B.

      Try several methods until something works

    • C.

      Ask the instructore before proceeding

    • D.

      Skip it and go on to the next part

    Correct Answer
    C. Ask the instructore before proceeding
    Explanation
    If a direction or part of a lab procedure is not clear or understandable, it is important to ask the instructor before proceeding. This is because attempting to figure it out as you do the lab or trying several methods until something works can lead to errors or incorrect results. Skipping it and going on to the next part may also result in incomplete or inaccurate data. Therefore, seeking clarification from the instructor ensures that the lab is done correctly and any doubts or confusion are addressed before proceeding.

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  • 6. 

    After completing an experiment, all chemical wastes should be:

    • A.

      Left at your lab station for the next class

    • B.

      Disposed of according to your instructor's directions

    • C.

      Dumped in the sink

    • D.

      Taken home

    Correct Answer
    B. Disposed of according to your instructor's directions
    Explanation
    Chemical wastes should be disposed of according to the instructor's directions because they can be hazardous and need to be handled properly. Leaving them at the lab station for the next class could pose a risk to others, as they may not know how to handle or dispose of them correctly. Dumping them in the sink can also be dangerous, as certain chemicals can react with water or contaminate the water supply. Taking them home is not recommended, as it could lead to improper disposal or accidental exposure. Therefore, following the instructor's directions ensures the safe and proper disposal of chemical wastes.

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  • 7. 

    If a lab experiment is not completed, you should:

    • A.

      Discuss the issue with your instructor

    • B.

      Sneak in after school and work alone

    • C.

      Come in during lunch and fnish while eating lunch

    • D.

      Make up some results

    Correct Answer
    A. Discuss the issue with your instructor
    Explanation
    It is important to discuss the issue with your instructor if a lab experiment is not completed. This is because the instructor can provide guidance and assistance in resolving the issue. Sneaking in after school and working alone may not be allowed and can be unsafe without supervision. Coming in during lunch and finishing while eating lunch may not provide enough time or focus for completing the experiment properly. Making up results is unethical and goes against the principles of scientific integrity. Therefore, discussing the issue with the instructor is the most appropriate course of action.

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  • 8. 

    You are heating a substance in a test tube. Always point the open end of the tube.

    • A.

      Toward yourself

    • B.

      Toward your lab partner

    • C.

      Toward another classmate

    • D.

      Away from all people

    Correct Answer
    D. Away from all people
    Explanation
    When heating a substance in a test tube, it is important to always point the open end of the tube away from all people. This is because heating can cause the substance inside the test tube to expand rapidly, leading to the potential release of gases or splattering of the substance. Pointing the open end away from all people ensures that any potential hazards or splatters are directed away from individuals, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.

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  • 9. 

    You are heating a piece of glass and now want to pick it up. You should:

    • A.

      Use a rag or paper towels

    • B.

      Pick up the end that looks cooler

    • C.

      Use tongs

    • D.

      Pour cold water on it

    Correct Answer
    C. Use tongs
    Explanation
    Using tongs is the correct answer because they provide a safe and efficient way to handle hot objects. Tongs have insulated handles that protect your hands from the heat, allowing you to grip and lift the hot glass without getting burned. Rag or paper towels may not provide enough insulation, and picking up the end that looks cooler is not a reliable method to determine the temperature of the glass. Pouring cold water on hot glass can cause it to shatter due to thermal shock.

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  • 10. 

    You have been injured in the laboratory (cut, burn, etc.). First, you should:

    • A.

      Visit the school nurse after class

    • B.

      See a doctor after school

    • C.

      Tell the science instructor at once

    • D.

      Apply first aid yourself

    Correct Answer
    C. Tell the science instructor at once
    Explanation
    In case of an injury in the laboratory, it is important to inform the science instructor immediately. The science instructor is responsible for ensuring the safety of the students and can provide appropriate guidance and assistance. They may also have access to first aid supplies or be able to arrange for medical help if necessary. Visiting the school nurse or seeing a doctor can be done later, but informing the science instructor promptly ensures that immediate action can be taken to address the injury and prevent any further harm. Applying first aid oneself may not be the best option as it may not be effective or safe in all situations.

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  • 11. 

    When gathering glassware and equipment for an experiment, you should:

    • A.

      Read all directions carefully to know what equipment is necessary

    • B.

      Examine all glassware to check for chips or cracks

    • C.

      Clean any glassware that appears dirty

    • D.

      All the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All the above
    Explanation
    When gathering glassware and equipment for an experiment, it is important to read all directions carefully to know what equipment is necessary. This ensures that you have all the necessary tools for the experiment. Additionally, you should examine all glassware to check for chips or cracks, as damaged glassware can affect the experiment's results or even cause accidents. Finally, it is important to clean any glassware that appears dirty to ensure accurate and uncontaminated results. Therefore, the correct answer is "all the above."

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  • 12. 

    Personal eyeglasses provide as much protection as:

    • A.

      A face shield

    • B.

      Safety glasses

    • C.

      Splashproof chemical goggles

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    Personal eyeglasses do not provide as much protection as a face shield, safety glasses, or splashproof chemical goggles. While personal eyeglasses may offer some degree of protection for the eyes, they are not designed specifically for safety purposes. Face shields, safety glasses, and splashproof chemical goggles are specifically designed to provide maximum protection against various hazards such as impact, chemical splashes, and airborne particles. Therefore, personal eyeglasses do not offer the same level of protection as these specialized safety equipment.

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  • 13. 

    Long hair in the laboratory must be:

    • A.

      Cut short

    • B.

      Held away from the experiment with one hand

    • C.

      Always neatly groomed

    • D.

      Tied back or kept entirely out of the way with a hair band, hairpins, or other confining device

    Correct Answer
    D. Tied back or kept entirely out of the way with a hair band, hairpins, or other confining device
    Explanation
    Long hair in the laboratory must be tied back or kept entirely out of the way with a hair band, hairpins, or other confining device to prevent it from coming into contact with chemicals, equipment, or open flames. This is important for safety reasons as loose hair can pose a risk of contamination, getting caught in machinery, or catching fire. By tying back or confining long hair, it ensures that it does not interfere with the experiment and reduces the chances of accidents or mishaps occurring in the laboratory.

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  • 14. 

    In a laboratory, the following should not be worn.

    • A.

      Loose clothing

    • B.

      Dangling jewelry

    • C.

      Sandals

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    In a laboratory, loose clothing, dangling jewelry, and sandals should not be worn. These items can pose a safety hazard as loose clothing can get caught in equipment, dangling jewelry can get snagged or contaminated, and sandals do not provide adequate foot protection. Therefore, all of the above options should not be worn in a laboratory setting.

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  • 15. 

    The following footwear is best in the laboratory.

    • A.

      Sandals

    • B.

      Open-toed shoes

    • C.

      Closed-toed shoes

    • D.

      Shoes appropriate for the weather

    Correct Answer
    C. Closed-toed shoes
    Explanation
    Closed-toed shoes are the best footwear for the laboratory because they provide protection and minimize the risk of accidents or injuries. They cover the entire foot, including the toes, which helps to prevent any spills, chemicals, or sharp objects from coming into direct contact with the skin. Closed-toed shoes also provide stability and support, reducing the likelihood of slips, trips, or falls. Additionally, they create a barrier against any potential hazards or contaminants on the laboratory floor. Overall, closed-toed shoes are the most suitable choice for ensuring safety and maintaining a clean and controlled environment in the laboratory.

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  • 16. 

    Horseplay or practical jokes in the laboratory are:

    • A.

      Always against the rules

    • B.

      Okay

    • C.

      Not dangerous

    • D.

      Okay if you are working alone

    Correct Answer
    A. Always against the rules
    Explanation
    Horseplay or practical jokes in the laboratory are always against the rules because they can pose serious risks and dangers. Laboratories are controlled environments where precision and safety are paramount. Engaging in horseplay or practical jokes can lead to accidents, damage to equipment, and potential harm to oneself or others. Therefore, it is important to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of the laboratory to maintain a safe working environment.

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  • 17. 

    If a piece of equipment is not working properly, stop, turn it off, and tell:

    • A.

      The custodian

    • B.

      Your lab partner

    • C.

      Your best friend in the class

    • D.

      The science instructor

    Correct Answer
    D. The science instructor
    Explanation
    In the given scenario, if a piece of equipment is not working properly, it is important to stop using it immediately for safety reasons. The correct person to inform about the issue would be the science instructor. They are responsible for overseeing the lab activities and ensuring the safety of the students. The science instructor will have the knowledge and expertise to assess and address the problem with the equipment, or take necessary steps to get it fixed or replaced.

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  • 18. 

    If acid is splashed on your skin, wash at once with:

    • A.

      Soap

    • B.

      Oil

    • C.

      A paper towel

    • D.

      Plenty of water

    Correct Answer
    D. Plenty of water
    Explanation
    When acid is splashed on the skin, it can cause burns and damage to the skin tissue. Washing the affected area with plenty of water helps to dilute and remove the acid from the skin. This helps to minimize the extent of damage caused by the acid. Soap or oil may not be as effective in removing the acid, and a paper towel would not provide enough water to thoroughly rinse the affected area. Therefore, using plenty of water is the best course of action to mitigate the effects of acid on the skin.

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  • 19. 

    When you finish working with chemicals, biological specimens, and other lab substances, always:

    • A.

      Treat your hands with skin lotion

    • B.

      Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

    • C.

      Wipe your hands on a towel

    • D.

      Wipe your hands on your clothes

    Correct Answer
    B. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
    Explanation
    It is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after working with chemicals, biological specimens, and other lab substances. This helps to remove any residue or contaminants from your hands, reducing the risk of spreading them to other surfaces or transferring them to your body. Skin lotion, towel, and clothes may not effectively remove these substances and may even spread them further.

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  • 20. 

    Hot glass looks the same as cold glass.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True/False Section:

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  • 21. 

    All chemicals in the lab are to be considered dangerous.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement implies that all chemicals in the lab should be treated as dangerous. This means that regardless of their specific properties or intended use, all chemicals should be handled with caution and appropriate safety measures should be followed.

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  • 22. 

    Return all unused chemicals to their original containers.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement advises to return all unused chemicals to their original containers. However, this may not always be the correct approach as some chemicals may react with each other or with the container material. It is important to follow proper safety protocols and guidelines provided by experts or manufacturers to handle and store chemicals correctly. Therefore, the given statement is false.

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  • 23. 

    Pipets are used to measure and dispense small amounts of liquids. You should draw the liquid into the pipet using your mouth.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Drawing liquid into a pipet using your mouth is not recommended because it can be unsafe and unhygienic. Using your mouth to create suction can introduce bacteria or other contaminants into the liquid, which can affect the accuracy of the measurement or potentially contaminate the entire sample. It is recommended to use a pipetting device, such as a pipetting bulb or a mechanical pipettor, to draw and dispense liquids accurately and safely.

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  • 24. 

    Laboratory work can be started immediately upon entering the laboratory even if the instructor is not yet present.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Laboratory work should not be started without the presence of the instructor. The instructor plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety of the students and providing necessary instructions and guidance. Starting laboratory work without the instructor can lead to accidents or mistakes that could have been avoided with proper supervision. It is important to wait for the instructor before beginning any laboratory work.

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  • 25. 

    Never remove chemicals or other equipment from the laboratory.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is important to never remove chemicals or equipment from the laboratory because doing so can lead to safety hazards. Chemicals should only be used and stored within the designated laboratory area to prevent accidents or contamination. Removing equipment from the laboratory can disrupt experiments and compromise the integrity of the results. Additionally, certain chemicals may require specific storage conditions or disposal methods, which can only be properly managed within the laboratory setting. Therefore, it is crucial to adhere to the rule of not removing chemicals or equipment from the laboratory.

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  • 26. 

    Chipped or cracked glassware is okay to use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Chipped or cracked glassware should not be used because it can pose a safety risk. When glassware is chipped or cracked, it weakens the structure of the glass, making it more likely to break or shatter during use. This can lead to injuries from broken glass or exposure to hazardous substances. It is important to always inspect glassware for any damage before using it and to replace any chipped or cracked items.

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  • 27. 

    Read all procedures thoroughly before entering the laboratory.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement advises the reader to carefully read all procedures before entering the laboratory. This is important because it ensures that the person is aware of the necessary steps, precautions, and safety measures to be followed in the laboratory. By reading the procedures thoroughly, one can minimize the risk of accidents, mishaps, or any potential harm to themselves or others in the laboratory environment. Therefore, it is essential to follow this advice and answer the question as "True".

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  • 28. 

    All unauthorized experiments are prohibited.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement means that any experiments that are not authorized are not allowed. In other words, only experiments that have been given permission or approval are permitted. Therefore, the correct answer is true, indicating that unauthorized experiments are indeed prohibited.

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  • 29. 

    You are allowed to enter the chemical preparation/storage area any time you need to get an item.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that you are allowed to enter the chemical preparation/storage area anytime you need to get an item. However, this is not true as chemical preparation/storage areas usually have restricted access due to safety concerns. These areas often require special training, protective equipment, and supervision to ensure the safe handling and storage of chemicals. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 30. 

    Laboratory aprons should be worn during all lab activities.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Laboratory aprons should be worn during all lab activities because they provide protection to the wearer's clothing from spills, splashes, and stains. Lab activities often involve the use of hazardous chemicals, which can cause damage to regular clothing. Aprons act as a barrier and help to minimize the risk of exposure to these chemicals. Additionally, aprons also serve as a visual reminder to the wearer and others in the lab to maintain proper safety precautions. Wearing a laboratory apron is a simple but effective measure to ensure personal safety and prevent contamination during lab activities.

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  • 31. 

    It’s okay to pick up broken glass with your bare hands as long as the glass is placed in the trash.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Picking up broken glass with bare hands is not safe, even if it is placed in the trash. Broken glass can cause cuts and injuries, and it is always recommended to use protective gloves or tools to handle it. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 32. 

    Never leave a lit burner unattended.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Leaving a lit burner unattended can be extremely dangerous as it increases the risk of fire hazards. Unattended burners can cause accidental fires, especially if flammable materials are nearby. This is why it is important to always stay in the kitchen while cooking and never leave a lit burner unattended.

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