facility policies

Biology majors are invited to use the study and laboratory facilities of the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center after hours. We have established a few policies to insure that students and equipment remain safe.

At the beginning of each term the department chair will send a list of all biology majors and minors to the Campus Safety Office. Campus Safety will be instructed to open the building to all students on the list. Students who want to use the building need only call Campus Safety for access. This will allow someone on campus to know that the building is occupied in the event of any problem.

Students who wish to be allowed into other rooms or laboratories need to first talk to the professor in charge of the class (or room) and ask about using the room for study. The professor will then give a list of student names to the department chair and Campus Safety will be informed. Generally we will expect that students will use the building for study and/or simple laboratory procedures, which pose a negligible risk of injury. Students should be thoroughly familiar with all necessary procedures before being granted access to the building after regular hours. Students should be familiar with general safety precautions relevant to the intended procedures. Students should discuss in advance what steps they will take in the event of a mishap.

  • Students should not be in the building alone unless they are only using Room 218 for study.

  • Eating or drinking is not permitted in laboratories.

  • If a student is working in a laboratory, all procedures must be approved in advance by the appropriate professor.

  • Unfortunately students cannot be allowed access to the chemical stockroom, so procedures must be planned in advance and the needed chemicals secured.

  • Students must be aware of all safety rules and procedures and use them.

  • Students can use the computers in classrooms making sure that they are safely turned off when the work is completed.

  • Any problems should be reported immediately to Campus Safety and the appropriate faculty member should be notified as soon as possible. (Use judgment, the next day may be appropriate.)

Safety: General Rules of Conduct

  • Do not work alone in a laboratory.

  • Only faculty and staff are given access to stockrooms.

  • In an emergency contact the lab instructor or dial ext. 3300 for campus safety.

Stock Room Storage Codes

  • Green: Not known as hazardous. Handle with care and use good laboratory practices.

  • Blue: Hazardous to health

  • White: Corrosive chemical

  • Yellow: Oxidizing agent

  • Red: Flammable

  • Purple: Explosive

  • For additional information contact Bonnie Lewis, lab technician, by phone at 526-3486 or by e-mail.

  • For accidents , notify a lab instructor.

  • For emergencies, contact campus safety at ext. 3300.

Medical Emergency

  • If necessary, dial ext. 3300 for immediate help. Give the following information: The problem, the location of the injured and your name and telephone number. Stay on the line until the dispatcher hangs up.

  • If the victim is chemically contaminated, rinse the affected areas with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes with the chemical shower, eyewash or use a sink in a safe area.

  • Report the incident to the lab instructor or chair of the department.

  • Do not move the injured person unless there is danger from further harm.

  • Keep the injured person warm and assure him/her that help is on the way.

  • Try to determine what chemicals are involved and give the material safety data sheet(s) or other information to ambulance crew as time permits.

Chemical Spills

  • Alert people in the immediate area of the spill.

  • Wear protective clothing and equipment, including safety goggles, gloves and a long-sleeve lab coat.

  • Avoid breathing vapors from spill.

  • Confine spill to a small area.

  • Use appropriate spill kit to neutralize and absorb inorganic acids and bases.

  • Collect residue, place in container, label with red tag and dispose of chemical waste.

  • For other chemicals, use appropriate kit or absorb spill with vermiculite, dry sand or diatomaceous earth. Collect residue, place in container, attach a hazardous waste label and dispose of as a chemical waste. Contact Cheryl Coolidge, the chemical hygiene officer, at 526-3676 or by e-mail who will arrange for chemical waste pickup.

  • Clean spill area with water.