Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

As a visitor, you are expected to adhere to the following general safety guidelines to ensure a safe laboratory environment for both yourself and the people you may be working near.

Visiting students who fail to follow all basic safety rules may be asked to leave the laboratory.

Safety goggles and laboratory coats will be provided by Oxford University Chemistry Department.

General Safety

Sensible, acceptable behaviour is expected at all times.  General behaviour is the responsibility of the teacher in charge of the visit.
Visiting students who fail to follow basic safety rules may be asked to leave the laboratory. 

Acceptable Clothing for Laboratory Work

We are very strict on dress code and students and teachers must adhere to these rules in our labs.
Sensible clothing is expected and the Department reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not conform. 
Clothing should be such that it protects the skin against spilled substances. 

  • No sandals, open top shoes (eg ballerina pumps) or high heels 
  • Wear long trousers or jeans (No shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, cropped trousers, ripped jeans)
  • Long hair must be tied up
  • No bare flesh should be visible once a lab coat is worn, other than hands and face.

School uniform is only considered acceptable if it adheres to these rules.

Additional Lab Rules

  • No food or drink is to be consumed (including gum and medication) in the labs.
  • No cosmetics or skin preparations may be applied.
  • Hands should be washed after leaving the laboratory.

Special Requirements

We are keen to welcome as many students into our labs as possible.  To prepare our demonstrators effectively for the visit can you please inform us of any specific needs of students in your group which we need to be aware of, especially as we are working in a potentially hazardous environment.  This includes specific physical requirements, behavioral or educational needs.

We regret that crutches are not permitted in the laboratory as they are a potential trip hazard.  We have accessible spaces for wheelchair use which can be prepared with advance warning.

Our schools liaison officer, Saskia O'Sullivan, is happy to discuss any concerns you may have prior to the visit and can be contacted by email: outreach@chem.ox.ac.uk.