General Lab Safety


This Amoeba Sisters video introduces science lab safety guidelines with memorable illustrations and an accompanying handout listed under “safety” on This video includes the discussion of proper lab attire, importance of proper disposal of materials, precautions when heating substances, and the importance of the MSDS (pinned comment note: this term has actually been replaced with SDS). As mentioned throughout the video, these are only general safety guidelines and there are many more that may be applicable to specific labs- always read specific lab guidelines.

The end of this video prompts viewers to pause so that the following items can be located in the lab room (where applicable): eyewash, safety shower, aprons, goggles, gloves, fume hood, fire extinguisher, fire blanket, fire exit route map, container for broken glass, biohazard bag, chemical waste disposal, broom and dustpan, first aid kit, MSDS, and phone.

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The Amoeba Sisters videos demystify science with humor and relevance. The videos center on Pinky’s certification and experience in teaching biology at the high school level. For more information about The Amoeba Sisters, visit:

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  1. We like to pin a comment at the top of our videos for clarifications—you may see the term "SDS" as the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) has been replaced with the term Safety Data Sheet (SDS). We have a card in the video that pops up when this is mentioned. This also is reflected on our accompanying handout: (under 'safety').

  2. imagine how the creators feel when they work really hard to put out videos to educate people and they just get nine year-olds constantly saying they were forced to watch it? gets pretty annoying i imagine.

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  4. I Had to Take Notes On This For Our Safety Rules… Took A While, But Atleast This Video Is Better Than Just Reading Rules Off A List…

  5. Me: I love how everyone one but a few people are like: My TeAcHeR mAde Me WaTcH tHis, Also Me: My teacher made me watch it but I enjoyed it a lot! 😄


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