Laboratory Safety: Good Lab Practice

Personal Habits:
Do not eat, drink, smoke, or apply cosmetics in the laboratory. Never put anything in your mouth. Use pipette aids when appropriate. Never pipette by mouth. To find out more about proper pipetting techniques see the [Laboratory Skills - Aseptic Techniques - Pipetting] section of the Micro eGuide.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before leaving the laboratory and any time they become contaminated with culture material.

Disinfect your lab bench before you start, if you spill culture, and before you leave the lab.

Clean up your bench as you work, disposing used items properly. To find out more about how to properly clean up after the lab, see the [Laboratory Safety - Microbiological Procedures - Clean Up] section of the Micro e-guide.

Labeling:
Label all cultures and solutions properly with your name or initials, date, course / lab section, and experiment information. The experiment information may include the composition of the solution, identity of the culture, or the experiment number.

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Laboratory Safety: Good Lab Practice

Biosafety Guidelines:
Use the proper precautions when dealing with microorganisms and body fluids. Your instructor will inform you of the biosafety level for the organisms or samples you use in lab. Biosafety levels are determined by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

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