Synthetic Lab B Level 1

Explore level 1 of a bad synthetic lab. Try to identify as many hazards you can within the scene. The knowledge you gain here will help you pass the final level!

After proceeding through the scene (4 images here), navigate to the hints. The hints highlight some of the problem areas, but not necessarily all of them, with numbered blue dots. The numbers correspond to the list of hints below.

1. Keep the sash down when the fume hood is not in use.
2. All flasks and beakers should be labelled.
3. Is a beaker the best option here? Particularly if heating? Should it clamped?
4. Spilled water or chemical should be immediately cleaned up.
5. Food or drink should not be consumed within a lab.
6. There should never be open bottles of chemicals on the bench, especially when they are a serious health hazard (see the CLP hazard pictograms).
7. Flask should be labelled. If the chemicals inside are hazardous it should be kept in the fume hood.
8. TLC plates should not be cut up outside of the fume hood as silica dust can be hazardous if inhaled. If completing TLC on the bench, there must be a consideration of eluent hazards.

Note, Health and safety errors have been deliberately introduced into the  scenarios for educational purposes.  We do not condone bad lab practice, but allowing students to see such scenarios can help develop hazard perception skills. Best practice may differ in your institution, please discuss this with a local instructor.

Which key did you spot? This will take you to level 2.


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