How Much Do You Know About Lab Safety? Middle School Science Quiz!

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How well do you know the lab safety rules? The science lab is full of substances that, if improperly handled, can be dangerous. When it comes to the lab, there are some safety rules that we should follow so that we can avoid accidents or hurting ourselves and those around us. This is a short quiz on lab safety in a middle school science class. It is meant to be a practice quiz for my students.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Why is it important to know the names and appearance of lab equipment before doing laboratory work?

    • A.

      So you will score higher on the lab test.

    • B.

      So you can quickly obtain your laboratory supplies before lab.

    • C.

      So you can follow the lab instructions clearly.

    • D.

      So you can make sure everything has been cleaned before beginning the lab procedure.

    Correct Answer
    C. So you can follow the lab instructions clearly.
    Explanation
    Knowing the names and appearance of lab equipment before doing laboratory work is important so that you can follow the lab instructions clearly. By being familiar with the equipment, you will be able to understand and execute the instructions accurately, ensuring that you perform the experiments correctly. This knowledge also helps in identifying the appropriate equipment for specific tasks, reducing the risk of errors or accidents in the lab. Additionally, understanding the equipment beforehand allows you to plan and organize your work efficiently, saving time and resources during the laboratory procedures.

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  • 2. 

    What is the correct procedure to follow when smelling the odor of a chemical substance?

    • A.

      Fan your hand over the substance toward your nose which should be directly over the beaker.

    • B.

      Place your nose directly over the substance and take a big whiff.

    • C.

      Fan your hand over the substance toward your nose which should be several centimeters away from the substance.

    • D.

      Place your nose near the opening of the beaker and inhale.

    Correct Answer
    C. Fan your hand over the substance toward your nose which should be several centimeters away from the substance.
    Explanation
    When smelling the odor of a chemical substance, it is important to fan your hand over the substance toward your nose, but it should be done several centimeters away from the substance. This is because some chemical substances can be harmful or irritate the respiratory system, so it is important to avoid inhaling the odor directly. By fanning the hand over the substance at a distance, it allows for a safer way to detect the odor without exposing yourself to potential harm.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is NOT a safe lab practice?

    • A.

      Keep chemicals, glassware, and other equipment away from the edge of the lab table.

    • B.

      After removing glassware from a heat source touch it right away to see if it is cool.

    • C.

      Report minor accidents to your lab supervisor and/or teacher.

    • D.

      Heat chemicals in a flask without a stopper.

    Correct Answer
    B. After removing glassware from a heat source touch it right away to see if it is cool.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "After removing glassware from a heat source touch it right away to see if it is cool." This is not a safe lab practice because the glassware may still be hot and can cause burns or other injuries if touched immediately after being removed from a heat source. It is important to allow the glassware to cool down before handling it to avoid any potential accidents or injuries.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following does NOT help explain why contact lenses should not be worn in lab?

    • A.

      It is difficult to remove lenses after a chemical splash

    • B.

      The lens is permeable to vapors, which cause irritation

    • C.

      Chemicals trapped under lens will cause severe damage

    • D.

      That boy or girl you are trying to get to see you cannot tell the color of your eyes.

    Correct Answer
    D. That boy or girl you are trying to get to see you cannot tell the color of your eyes.
    Explanation
    This statement is unrelated to the safety reasons for not wearing contact lenses in a lab. The other three statements provide valid safety concerns related to contact lens use in a lab setting, such as the difficulty of removing lenses after a chemical splash, the permeability of lenses to irritating vapors, and the potential for chemicals to become trapped under the lens and cause damage to the eye. The mentioned statement focuses on a cosmetic aspect and does not address the safety concerns associated with wearing contact lenses in a laboratory environment.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is considered safety equipment in the classroom?

    • A.

      Eyewash station

    • B.

      First aid kit

    • C.

      Fire extinguisher

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      A and B only

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the options listed - eyewash station, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher - are considered safety equipment in a classroom. These items are essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals in case of accidents, injuries, or emergencies. An eyewash station is used to flush the eyes in case of chemical exposure, a first aid kit contains supplies to treat minor injuries, and a fire extinguisher is used to extinguish small fires. Therefore, all of these options are considered safety equipment in a classroom.

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  • 6. 

    What is the correct procedure for students to follow if a chemical is spilled:

    • A.

      Stand back and advise the teacher of the spill.

    • B.

      Run madly about the room.

    • C.

      Splash large amounts of water onto the spill.

    • D.

      Immediately ask to go to the restroom.

    • E.

      Tell everyone that your friend did it and that "Ooooh, they are in BIG trouble!".

    Correct Answer
    A. Stand back and advise the teacher of the spill.
    Explanation
    The correct procedure for students to follow if a chemical is spilled is to stand back and advise the teacher of the spill. This is the safest and most responsible action to take in order to ensure that the spill is properly handled by someone with the knowledge and experience to do so. Running madly about the room, splashing water onto the spill, immediately asking to go to the restroom, or blaming someone else are all inappropriate and potentially dangerous responses.

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  • 7. 

    I can perform an experiment of my own with a lab partner when:

    • A.

      When I am sure it is safe to do so.

    • B.

      Whenever I want to.

    • C.

      Only with permission from the teacher.

    • D.

      Never.

    Correct Answer
    C. Only with permission from the teacher.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Only with permission from the teacher." This means that the students can only perform an experiment if they have the approval and guidance of their teacher. This ensures that the experiment is conducted in a safe and controlled manner, with the teacher's knowledge and supervision. It emphasizes the importance of following instructions and seeking guidance from an authority figure in an educational setting.

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  • 8. 

    Keeping the work area neat and clean is important because:

    • A.

      Mr O is a neat-freak

    • B.

      I won't lose my supplies in the clutter.

    • C.

      It keeps the room from looking messy.

    • D.

      It helps prevent accidents.

    Correct Answer
    D. It helps prevent accidents.
    Explanation
    Keeping the work area neat and clean helps prevent accidents because a cluttered space can increase the risk of tripping, falling, or knocking over objects. By maintaining an organized and tidy work environment, potential hazards can be minimized, ensuring the safety of individuals working in the area.

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  • 9. 

    If you are not sure what to do during a lab activity:

    • A.

      Guess.

    • B.

      Change lab partners.

    • C.

      Ask the teacher.

    • D.

      Just sit quietly and do nothing.

    Correct Answer
    C. Ask the teacher.
    Explanation
    During a lab activity, if you are unsure about what to do, the best course of action is to ask the teacher for guidance. The teacher is the most knowledgeable person in the lab and can provide you with the necessary instructions or clarify any doubts or uncertainties you may have. This ensures that you are able to proceed with the activity correctly and safely, and maximize your learning experience.

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  • 10. 

    Goggles must be worn when using

    • A.

      Fire.

    • B.

      Glassware.

    • C.

      Chemicals.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    Goggles must be worn when using fire to protect the eyes from sparks or flames. Goggles are also necessary when using glassware to prevent any glass shards from causing eye injuries. Additionally, goggles are essential when working with chemicals to shield the eyes from any potential splashes or fumes. Therefore, all of the given options (fire, glassware, and chemicals) require the use of goggles for safety purposes.

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  • 11. 

     I can eat in a lab:

    • A.

      Whenever I want to.

    • B.

      Only with permission from the teacher.

    • C.

      When I am sure it is safe to do so.

    • D.

      Never.

    Correct Answer
    D. Never.
    Explanation
     It is never safe to eat in a lab, as this can cause the accidental ingestion of harmful chemicals.

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  • 12. 

    You should tie back long hair and/or baggy clothes when:

    • A.

       working near a fire.

    • B.

      Using chemicals in the lab.

    • C.

      Trying to impress a friend.

    • D.

      A and B

    • E.

      A and B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. A and B
    Explanation
    Tying back long hair and/or baggy clothes is important when working near fire and using chemicals in the lab to prevent accidents and injuries. Loose hair and clothing can easily catch fire or get caught in equipment, causing harm to oneself and others. Trying to impress a friend is not a valid reason for tying back hair or wearing appropriate clothing in potentially dangerous situations. Therefore, the correct answer is A and B.

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  • 13. 

    You should be sure equipment is clean:

    • A.

      Before you use it.

    • B.

      After you use it.

    • C.

      Cleanliness doesn't matter.

    • D.

      Both A and B

    • E.

      A, B, and C.

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The correct answer is both A and B because it is important to ensure that equipment is clean both before and after using it. Cleaning the equipment before use helps to remove any dirt, dust, or contaminants that may be present, ensuring that it is safe to use. Cleaning the equipment after use helps to remove any residue or bacteria that may have accumulated during the process, maintaining hygiene and preventing the spread of chemicals and germs. Therefore, being sure that the equipment is clean before and after use is crucial.

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  • 14. 

    A spill can cause an accident.  Clean up a spill:

    • A.

      When you have time.

    • B.

      After the teacher has told you 3 or more times.

    • C.

      At the end of the lab.

    • D.

      Immediately.

    Correct Answer
    D. Immediately.
    Explanation
    Cleaning up a spill immediately is the correct answer because spills can create hazardous situations and increase the risk of accidents. Delaying the cleanup can allow the spill to spread or create slippery surfaces, posing a danger to individuals in the area. Therefore, it is important to address spills promptly to prevent accidents and maintain a safe environment.

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  • 15. 

    What is the correct answer to the following statement:  You should always pipette by mouth.

    • A.

      Always - it is a fast and efficient method for transferring liquids in the lab.

    • B.

      Only when you can't find a pipette bulb or think it might be dirty.

    • C.

      Only when you are sure that the teacher, your lab partner, and Guttatta, Snapple, and Vincent and VanGogh aren't looking.

    • D.

      Never - and if you thought yes to any of the other choices you should be given only bread and water for a week.

    Correct Answer
    D. Never - and if you thought yes to any of the other choices you should be given only bread and water for a week.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Never - and if you thought yes to any of the other choices you should be given only bread and water for a week." This answer emphasizes the importance of not pipetting by mouth under any circumstances. It also adds a humorous consequence for those who considered the other choices, reinforcing the seriousness of the safety issue.

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  • 16. 

    In the lab sharp object should be carried

    • A.

      With the points facing out to the front.

    • B.

      With the point down and away from the body.

    • C.

      With the point covered up by your hand.

    • D.

      So that the point will give your lab partner a pretty good job.

    Correct Answer
    B. With the point down and away from the body.
    Explanation
    When carrying sharp objects in the lab, it is important to prioritize safety. Carrying the object with the point down and away from the body reduces the risk of accidentally injuring oneself or others. This position ensures that even if there is a slip or fall, the sharp point will not cause harm. It is crucial to handle sharp objects responsibly and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents and injuries.

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  • 17. 

    At the end of the lab you see some leftover chemical that looks just like the stuff you were using.  You should:

    • A.

      Put the chemical back in the jar it came from.

    • B.

      Sweep it into your hand and throw it out.

    • C.

      Tell the teacher so you can dispose of it properly.

    • D.

      Tell your classmates that your lab partner is really messy.

    Correct Answer
    C. Tell the teacher so you can dispose of it properly.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to tell the teacher so you can dispose of it properly. This is the appropriate action to take because leftover chemicals should be handled and disposed of safely. The teacher is responsible for ensuring proper disposal procedures are followed, so informing them would ensure that the chemical is handled correctly and does not pose a risk to anyone.

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  • 18. 

    If you get chemicals in your eyes, you should flush them with water for:

    • A.

      Less than 10 minutes.

    • B.

      10-15 minutes.

    • C.

      About 15-20 minutes.

    • D.

      More than 25 minutes.

    Correct Answer
    C. About 15-20 minutes.
    Explanation
    When chemicals come into contact with the eyes, it is important to flush them out immediately to minimize damage. Flushing the eyes with water helps to dilute and remove the chemicals. Flushing for less than 10 minutes may not be sufficient to completely remove the chemicals, while flushing for more than 25 minutes may cause unnecessary discomfort and may not provide any additional benefit. Therefore, flushing the eyes with water for about 15-20 minutes is the recommended duration to remove the chemicals and prevent further harm effectively. Use an emergency eyewash station for this process.

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  • 19. 

    You should wash your hands after

    • A.

      Touching a plant in the classroom.

    • B.

      Handling one of the class pets.

    • C.

      Working with chemicals.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    Washing hands after touching a plant in the classroom is important because plants can contain dirt, bacteria, or allergens that may be harmful if transferred to the face or other parts of the body. Handling class pets may expose you to germs or bacteria that can be harmful if ingested or transferred to other surfaces. Working with chemicals can also leave residue on your hands that may be toxic or irritating if not washed off properly. Therefore, it is necessary to wash hands after all of these activities to maintain personal hygiene and prevent the spread of germs.

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  • 20. 

    If you see something in the classroom or laboratory that is dangerous, tell the teacher

    • A.

      When you have time.

    • B.

      At once

    • C.

      After class

    • D.

      After school

    Correct Answer
    B. At once
    Explanation
    If you see something in the classroom or laboratory that is dangerous, it is important to inform the teacher immediately. This is because the safety and well-being of everyone in the classroom or laboratory should be a top priority. Waiting until you have time, after class, or after school may result in someone getting hurt or injured. Therefore, it is crucial to address the dangerous situation promptly and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent any potential harm.

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  • 21. 

    When in the lab you wear?

    • A.

      Sandals

    • B.

      Closed-toed shoes.

    • C.

      Open-toed shoes.

    • D.

      No shoes.

    Correct Answer
    B. Closed-toed shoes.
    Explanation
    When working in a lab, it is important to prioritize safety. Closed-toed shoes provide protection for the feet, reducing the risk of injury from falling objects, spills, or chemical splashes. Sandals and open-toed shoes leave the feet exposed and are not suitable for lab environments where hazards are present. Not wearing any shoes at all is also unsafe as it leaves the feet vulnerable to injury. Therefore, closed-toed shoes are the appropriate choice for lab safety.

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  • 22. 

    To put out a fire in a person's hair or clothes use:

    • A.

      A fire blanket

    • B.

      A handy chemical

    • C.

      The wind from running around the room

    • D.

      A fire extinguisher

    Correct Answer
    A. A fire blanket
    Explanation
    A fire blanket is the correct answer because it is specifically designed to smother fires by cutting off the oxygen supply. It is made of a fire-resistant material that can be wrapped around a person's body or used to cover a fire. This helps to quickly extinguish the flames and prevent the fire from spreading further. Using a fire blanket is a safe and effective way to put out fires on a person's hair or clothes without causing harm or injury.

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  • 23. 

    Helping to clean up the lab or classroom is the job of

    • A.

      Old students.

    • B.

      Transfer students.

    • C.

      Only the teacher.

    • D.

      Each and every student.

    Correct Answer
    D. Each and every student.
    Explanation
    Each and every student is responsible for cleaning up the lab or classroom. This implies that every student has a duty to maintain cleanliness and orderliness in the learning environment. It promotes a sense of responsibility and teaches students the importance of taking care of their surroundings.

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  • 24. 

    Disturbing other students in the laboratory with horseplay in the lab is:

    • A.

      Helpful.

    • B.

      Poor manners.

    • C.

      Dangerous.

    • D.

      The quickest way to do a job.

    Correct Answer
    C. Dangerous.
    Explanation
    Disturbing other students in the laboratory with horseplay is dangerous because it can lead to accidents and injuries. Laboratory environments often involve the use of hazardous materials and equipment, and any form of distraction or reckless behavior can compromise safety protocols. It is important to maintain a focused and respectful atmosphere in the lab to ensure the well-being of everyone involved.

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  • 25. 

    The most important thing in laboratory experiments is

    • A.

      Getting done first.

    • B.

      Getting the answer right.

    • C.

      Safety.

    • D.

      Penmanship.

    Correct Answer
    C. Safety.
    Explanation
    In laboratory experiments, safety is the most important thing. This is because experiments often involve hazardous materials, equipment, and procedures that can pose risks to the experimenter and others. Prioritizing safety ensures that everyone involved is protected from potential accidents, injuries, and exposure to harmful substances. It also helps in preventing damage to equipment and the environment. Safety protocols and precautions should be followed at all times to minimize the chances of accidents and promote a safe working environment.

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Dr. Zohra Sattar Waxali earned her doctorate in chemistry and biochemistry from Northwestern University, specializing in the metallomes of cardiac cells and stem cells, and their impact on biological function. Her research encompasses the development of arsenoplatin chemotherapeutics, stapled peptide estrogen receptor inhibitors, and antimicrobial natural products. With her expertise, Dr. Waxali ensures the accuracy and relevance of our chemistry quizzes, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of chemical principles and advancements in the field.

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