General Chemistry Lab A – Level 1 – Try again – 360° Interactive Exercise

Welcome to a general chemistry lab health and safety 360° “bad lab” exercise. This interactive activity allows you to progress through three levels.

This is level 1 – try again. Move through the scene and try to identify as many health and safety hazards, or examples of poor practice, as you can. Look for the key within the scene and this will allow you to progress to the next level (see right). More guidance on each level further below.

General guidance on the levels: Each level is slightly different with decreasing levels of guidance as you progress. All levels offer points for discussion between learners.

Level 1: You will see 3 or 4 images within the scene without any hints. As you progress, you will see the same images containing blue numbered dots to highlight the areas with health and safety issues. The blue numbered dots correspond to the hint button below.

Level 2: Same as level 1 except the blue dots do not contain any numbers and there is no additional hints.

Level 3: The scene presented offers no specific hints except to indicate the extent of health and safety issues.

1. Rotary evaporator collection flasks should be emptied after use.
2. Depending on the chemicals being used gloves may need to be worn.
3. The chemist should not be seated while pouring chemicals.
4. Long hair should be tied back.
5. Any solids spilled on the balance should be immediately cleaned.
6. This container of solids should not be stored here.
7. Phones should not be used in a lab.
8. The temperature of this melting point apparatus is set too high.
9. This is not the correct place to store glassware.
10. This broken beaker and any broken glass should be discarded into a glass bin.
11. Should gloves and glasses be stored here?

Additional activity: Can you spot any additional general chemistry lab health and safety issues that have not been highlighted?

Disclaimer: We have deliberately introduced health and safety issues into these general chemistry lab scenes for educational purposes.  We do not condone bad lab practice, but allowing learners to see such scenarios can help develop hazard perception skills and a general appreciation of health and safety. We have not highlighted all hazards in these exercises. Best practice may differ in your institution so please discuss this with a local instructor.

That is the incorrect key! Please try again.

Which key did you spot in the scene? Select the correct option below to access level 2.



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