1-8. SAFETY, CARE, AND HANDLING - continued.
General Precautions. The following are general safety precautions that need to be
observed by all operators of the Airmobile Laboratory.
Always be mindful of tests in progress. Never allow horseplay or loud talking that
would divert the attention of laboratory technicians. If it is necessary to leave the
laboratory or to leave a test in progress, make certain no safety hazard will result
from your absence.
Do not attempt to perform tests simultaneously unless each test can be given the
Whenever in doubt concerning any operation, consult qualified authority for advice.
Do not attempt unauthorized shortcuts to save time, as they generally are not in
accordance with safe laboratory procedures.
Be prepared for any emergencies which may arise, and be familiar with the proper
action to take in event of emergencies.
When ending daily operations, make a thorough and orderly check of laboratory,
equipment and facilities to ensure that no hazards may develop during the time the
laboratory is unattended.
Preventing Fires. The following fire prevention rules must be observed in all laboratory
Do not smoke in the airmobile laboratory.
Never leave open flames or heating elements unattended.
Never pour hot liquids into drains.
Set aside hot liquids to cool thoroughly in
covered containers before discarding.
Make sure that chemicals which may react to produce dangerous fumes, fires, or
explosion are stored in their proper places.
Make sure that volatile liquids and flammable products are kept away from heat
sources, open flames, direct sunlight, and electrical switches.
Make certain that there is no open flame or exposed heating element nearby when
pouring highly volatile liquids.
Clean up chemical and liquid spills immediately.
Always pour acid into water; never pour water into acid.
Keep oily rags in a metal, airtight, closed container. Do not store oily rags in
cabinets or drawers.
Make certain laboratory is adequately ventilated.