First things first. This is a short chapter, but a very important one. Many of the lab sessions described in this book use chemicals, such as strong acids and bases, that are dangerous if handled improperly. Some lab sessions use open flame or other heat sources, and many use glassware. To state the obvious, you can get hurt working in a lab. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize or eliminate hazards.
If you remember one thing from this chapter, remember this: If there is even the slightest chance that you will be exposed to any hazardous chemical, always wear chemical splash goggles, gloves, and protective clothing. We follow this advice ourselves, without exception.
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