Lab Safety 101: Small Safety Glasses, Hazardous Chemicals, and More!

Bolle Nitro Small Goggles

Smaller goggles like the Bolle Nitro are designed for small faces and provide better protection.

No matter your age, doesn’t it seem like just yesterday you were in junior high or high school, and carrying out experiments in biology or chemistry lab? You probably wore those hulking clear safety glasses with the rubber band backs, those gloves that were just always too big, and lab aprons that just hung off of you. Yet, you managed to get through it without any mishaps (thankfully!), and you’re excited to see your own children participate in biology and chem labs. You want your kids to be even safer than you were in lab, so let’s pull out our pencils and take notes on Lab Safety 101!

#1: The Better The Fit, The More Safe Your Child Is.
It’s no secret that ill-fitting lab safety equipment just isn’t going to do a whole lot when it comes to your child’s safety. Plus, who wants to wear those huge clear safety glasses for an hour…in junior high school, of all places?! Instead, pick out a pair of Small Safety Glasses with your child – they’re designed to fit smaller faces, and come in colors ranging from blue to pink, and even purple. Oh, and did we mention they’re ANSI Z87.1-2003 certified, to boot? Lab safety glasses, the way!

#2: Save the eating and drinking for the cafeteria.
Kids have ravenous appetites, don’t they? Explain the importance of holding their appetite until they reach the cafeteria – at least when it comes to lab class! Take note – there’s a much greater likelihood that your child will accidentally taste something he or she isn’t meant to, if they’re already eating or drinking in their lab.

#3: Long hair and flames just don’t mix.
Working with a Bunsen burner? It’s so much fun to use them, but you don’t want to risk your child singeing his or her hair. On lab days, be sure to tuck an extra hair tie in their bag for them, and let them know what it’s there for. Be sure their small safety glasses are packed, too!

#4: Assume all chemicals are hazardous.
We teach our kids to “never assume”, but when it comes to working in the lab, it’s better to assume that each and every chemical on the shelf is hazardous. This helps kids from innocently testing out what that water-like chemical tastes like, only to discover it wasn’t water at all.

#5: The golden rule: Pour acids into water.
Remember your teacher repeating this one over and over to you? Your child’s teacher is likely doing the same, but it never hurts to hear it from you, too. Doing the opposite and pour water into acid will cause the water to explode into steam, which could cause burns and noxious fumes, even while wearing small safety glasses.

Junior high and high school biology and chemistry labs are memories we’ll never forget, and we know you want your children to reflect back on the frogs and beakers and have only positive memories. You’ll get an A+ in lab safety for choosing small safety glasses, like our Crews Blackjack Elite Safety Glasses, for your child. Brrrring goes the school bell – time to head to lab class!