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Standard Operating Procedures for Teaching Laboratories
(Rooms 1201 and 3406)

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
University of Georgia, Athens
October 1, 2004

Purpose of Teaching Laboratories

Teaching laboratories are laboratories dedicated to provide a learning environment to students in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. These laboratories are places where students obtain hands-on opportunities with laboratory exercises designed to supplement the classroom learning experience. Thus, these laboratories are to be used for teaching purposes to support the curricula of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

Scheduling of Classes

Laboratory sections of classes taught by Crop and Soil Sciences faculty will be scheduled at the time the classes are loaded into the University of Georgia Oasis class schedule. Lower division (2000 and 3000 level) classes will receive priority in scheduling as they are the foundation for building the upper division classes and usually have more students. It should be noted these classrooms are expected to receive extensive use, making scheduling of paramount importance. Professors need to coordinate their teaching efforts prior to the start of the semester to minimize interference from one course to another. In addition, teaching assistants need to coordinate the laboratory exercises on a weekly basis to minimize the impact of one laboratory for one class on another laboratory exercise for another class.

Laboratory Safety

Teaching laboratories are general use areas. Many undergraduate students using these facilities are not familiar with the risks associated with laboratory environments. It is, therefore, essential that health and safety principles are followed in teaching laboratories, just as they are in research laboratories. It is equally as important to minimize student risk by taking preventative measures to avoid accidents. Therefore, storage of hazardous materials in the teaching laboratories will not be permitted. All hazardous waste created during student laboratory exercises must be cleaned up and disposed of immediately after each laboratory period. All chemicals will be kept cabinets which physically separate oxidizers from reducers. All flammable chemicals will be stored in the flammable cabinets in the teaching labs. A current set of MSDS sheets must be maintained in the classroom for all chemicals used when conducting laboratories for teaching. It is the responsibility of the instructor of the course to maintain a current set of MSDS sheets for chemicals in the laboratory classroom. Laboratory chemicals with a health, flammability, or reactivity code greater than 3 will not be stored in the teaching laboratories.

The Department Head shall be the contact person responsible to the Environmental Safety Division for purposes of routine laboratory safety inspections.

General Information

  1. Laboratory coats and protective eye wear must be made available for student use as needed.
  2. All students will be made aware of locations and use of safety showers, eye wash stations, fire extinguishers, and exits in case of emergencies.
  3. All students must be made aware of conditions required for safe handling of substances and specimens to minimize their risk. No food or drink will be tolerated in the teaching laboratories.
  4. Work places are to be kept clean. Broken glass, sharps, and laboratory waste shall be placed in the marked bins in the laboratory.
  5. All spills must be cleaned up immediately after they occur.
  6. Any injury that occurs as a result of a laboratory exercise should be reported, and an accident report filled out immediately following the incident.
  7. All equipment kept in teaching laboratories will be considered departmental resources and will be used for teaching only. The teaching laboratories and equipment will be maintained using departmental resources.