Talk:DIYbio:Notebook/Safety Manual 1.0

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Keeping full documentation

Hi all, I think it is a good idea to mention how important it is to keep full documentation. What if you didn't wake up one morning, and an experiment is still being executed? While hazmat teams might be interested in cleaning up an amateur (or professional) lab, this isn't the way to go- full documentation is necessary. Appointing individuals who know where everything is in your own lab might be a good idea too. If anything this needs more care than some take with their financials and wills. Walking in to your common university lab will show an extreme lack of documentation on most of everything- it's been rare for me to find a lab that has full and formal inventory, for instance. -- Bryan Bishop 19:30, 8 January 2009 (EST)

Another idea is to have a separate subsection with an emergency contact list, with 911-type information. Once the dependency and protocol-XML stuff starts working better, we could do a "print a button for all relevant safety information", which could be put into a binder near the work area. Having this all managed means that less is likely to go wrong. -- Bryan Bishop 19:30, 8 January 2009 (EST)

Notes after surveying the web

  • Add a section on autoclaving. An objection I've read on blogs included advice from a microbiologist that "everything should be autoclaved and everyone in DIYbio should have that equipment". i.e. pressure cooker. *jcline@ieee.org 17:38, 9 January 2009 (EST):
  • Add a bullet point about not ingesting or otherwise applying modified microbes. Plenty of comments about biobeer included mentions of drinking it. *jcline@ieee.org 17:38, 9 January 2009 (EST):
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