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Laboratory Safety Test

Multiple Choice
Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

To extinguish a laboratory fire, you should know
a.
how to operate a fire extinguisher.
c.
who is responsible for using the extinguisher.
b.
where extinguishers are located.
d.
all of the above.
 

 2. 

Approved eye protection devices (like goggles) are used in the laboratory
a.
to avoid eye strain.
c.
to wear only if you don't have corrective glasses.
b.
to improve your vision.
d.
to wear at all times when required in the protocol or  instructed to do so by the science teacher.
 

 3. 

If a laboratory fire erupts, notify your teacher at once and then
a.
follow the science teacher's directions.
c.
throw water on the fire.
b.
run for the fire extinguisher.
d.
open the windows.
 

 4. 

Acid dilutions, with few exceptions, will be done by
a.
lab assistants.
c.
science instructor.
b.
students.
d.
school principal.
 

 5. 

Flammable materials like alcohol should never be dispensed or used near
a.
an open door.
c.
another student.
b.
an open flame.
d.
a sink.
 

 6. 

If you develop a  headache or feel dizzy in the laboratory, you should
a.
take an aspirin.
c.
tell your neighbor.
b.
tell the science instructor.
d.
grin and bear it.
 

 7. 

If you wear eye contact lenses in the science laboratory where chemicals are used,
a.
take them out before starting the lab.
c.
advise your science teacher that you wear contact lenses and await instruction.
b.
you do don't have to wear protective goggles.
d.
keep the information to yourself.
 

 8. 

Cleaning up after a lab is the responsibility of
a.
students who performed the lab before  leaving the laboratory.
c.
only the science teacher.
b.
students entering the laboratory before they begin the lab.
d.
the janitors at the end of the day/
 

 9. 

You are aware that you have allergies.  You should
a.
always wear gloves in the laboratory.
c.
let another student handle the experiment.
b.
discuss the matter with your science teacher.
d.
say nothing to avoid trouble.
 

 10. 

Spilled acid can best be neutralized with
a.
paper towels.
c.
alcohol.
b.
water.
d.
sodium bicarbonate solution (base).
 

 11. 

You are heating a substance in a test tube.  You should always point the open end of the tube
a.
toward yourself.
c.
toward another classmate.
b.
toward your lab partner.
d.
toward no other person.
 

 12. 

You are heating a piece of glassware in science lab and now need to pick it up and clean the lab station.  You should always
a.
use a roll of  paper towels to pick up the hot classware.
c.
wait until the glassware cools.
b.
use rubber hand mitts to keep the glassware from slipping out of your hands.
d.
use the cloth pot holders to pick up the glassware.
 

 13. 

You have been injured in the laboratory (cut, burn, etc.). First and foremost you should
a.
ask to see the school nurse.
c.
tell the science teacher at once.
b.
see a doctor after school.
d.
tell the principal.
 

 14. 

A spilled base can be made safe for clean up by neutralizing it first with
a.
an acid solution.
c.
corn starch.
b.
pure water.
d.
alcohol solution.
 

 15. 

Pipettes are used to measure and dispense small amounts of liquids.  You should draw the liquid into the pipet by using
a.
your mouth.
b.
a rubber suction bulb.
 

 16. 

Eyeglasses and/or sunglasses provide as much protection as
a.
a face safety shield.
c.
splash-proof chemical goggles.
b.
safety glasses.
d.
none of the above.
 

 17. 

Before you touch an electrical outlet, electrical plug or electrical switch
a.
ask the school custodian.
c.
your hands must be dry.
b.
your hands must be clean.
d.
ask a fellow student.
 

 18. 

You lab partner has spilled some alcohol at your station during the chromatography lab.  What is the best cleanup procedure?
a.
Let it evaporate.
c.
Clean it up, disposing of the paper towel in the proper container.
b.
Tell the science teacher, sit back and relax.
d.
Tell the teacher and then clean it up, disposing of the paper towel in the proper container.
 

 19. 

Paper towels or rags with flammable liquids or solid chemicals on them must be put in
a.
the nearest trash can.
c.
a wastepaper basket.
b.
a cardboard box.
d.
a designated chemical waste container with a lid.
 

 20. 

Long hair in the laboratory should be
a.
cut short.
c.
always neatly groomed with lots of hair products.
b.
held away from the experiment with one hand while working with the other.
d.
kept  out of the way of the experiment with a hair band or clips.
 

 21. 

In any laboratory  you should be cautious of
a.
loose clothing.
c.
flammable clothing.
b.
dangling jewelry.
d.
anything that would create an unsafe environment.
 

 22. 

The following footwear is best in the laboratory:
a.
sandals
c.
Closed toe shoes that protect your whole foot
b.
bedroom slippers
d.
shoes appropriate for the weather
 

 23. 

Playing and goofing around (as opposed to working) in the laboratory is
a.
not permitted.
c.
not dangerous.
b.
encouraged.
d.
okay if you are working at the same time.
 

 24. 

Injuries and accidents may result from spills.  Always clean them up
a.
when you have time.
c.
at the end of class.
b.
immediately.
d.
during clean up time.
 

 25. 

To put out a fire in a person's hair or clothing, you should use
a.
a fire blanket.
c.
a CO2 fire extinguisher.
b.
water from the sink.
d.
anything you find lying around in the class.
 

 26. 

All laboratory floors, aisles and/or passageways should be kept clear of
a.
teachers and students.
c.
lab equipment only.
b.
lab equipment, chemicals and debris.
d.
chemicals only.
 

 27. 

If a piece of equipment is not working properly, stop, turn it off, and
a.
tell the custodian.
c.
strike up a conversation with your best friend in the class.
b.
tell your lab partner.
d.
let the science teacher know immediately.
 

 28. 

When you finish working with a chemical, biological specimens, or other lab substances, always
a.
use hand lotion.
c.
wipe your hands on a towel.
b.
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
d.
wipe your hands on your apron.
 

 29. 

Horseplay in the science classroom is
a.
okay if you don't get caught.
c.
absolutely forbidden at all times.
b.
not encouraged.
d.
okay as long as there are no labs set up.
 

 30. 

Research shows (Flinn, 2011) that 93% of all lab accidents happen
a.
in college labs.
c.
in research institutes.
b.
in high school settings.
d.
in the kitchen.
 

 31. 

Research shows that most lab accidents happen due to
a.
students not paying attention.
c.
students not reading or following the lab protocol.
b.
students falling asleep in class.
d.
students following the lab protocol.
 

 32. 

The three parts to a fire triangle are
a.
oxygen, heat, and water
c.
hydrogen, heat, and fuel
b.
oxygen, heat, and fuel
d.
oxygen, water, and fuel
 

 33. 

You will be using electrical euipment and extention cords during lab.  In the event you need to move around the room to gather utensils or equipment you should
a.
watch out for satety hazards on the floor (cords and/or chairs) that may cause you to trip.
c.
sit and wait for soeone to get everything for you.
b.
watch out for stray animals
d.
watch out for safety hazards hanging fom the ceiling.
 



 
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