RAMP is a concept for scientific safety, developed by Robert H. Hill and David C. Finster in their textbook Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students. The authors present RAMP as a mnemonic, enabling practitioners, educators, and students to remember four key principles of safety, and the main learning objectives of each principle. Since early 2017 these principles have been highlighted on the safety website of the American Chemical Society, and are reproduced below. All St. Olaf laboratory workers, including students taking laboratory courses, should strive to follow these four key safety principles and the associated Lab Safety Learning Objectives.
- Recognize common laboratory hazards.
- Explain why they are hazards.
- Have familiarity with hazard rating systems and hazard identification (e.g., GHS).
- Be able to explain these more detailed learning objectives on how to recognize hazards.