DO’s and DON’Ts of Good Lab Citizenship.
* Stay SAFE! * Be CONSIDERATE of others (their stuff, needs, space, etc) * Always ASK SOMEONE if you’re not sure about something. * THINK before you do. * CLEAN UP after yourself. * Maintain a CLEAN workspace. * Maintain STERILE technique. * ASK someone before you move their stuff. * BALANCE the centrifuges. * ASK SOMEONE how to use a piece of equipment if you haven’t used it before. * If you use the rotator in the 37C room, remember to TURN IT BACK ON * CLOSE refrigerator doors!! * Use YOUR OWN master stocks of chemicals and supplies; we’ll tell you which other supplies you’re allowed to use. * READ PROTOCOLS before you attempt them. * Keep any proteins (endonucleases, ligase, Taq supermix) always ON ICE * CHANGE TIPS between aliquots of important stocks. * WEAR GLOVES when working w/ dangerous/sensitive chemicals (phenol, RNA, etc). * Keep a good LAB NOTEBOOK so you know what you did. * LABEL TUBES * Store GLYCEROLS appropriately * If you did something wrong, CONFESS and tell someone. You won’t get in trouble for accidents.
* Don’t EVER COMPROMISE SAFETY! * Don’t Be too shy to ASK QUESTIONS * Don’t Start something without THINKING about what you’re doing * Don’t Use a MACHINE without having received training on it. * Don’t POUR hazardous or unknown chemicals down the sink. * Don’t Leave a door to a cold or warm room OPEN. * Don’t IGNORE equipment alarms * Don’t USE master stocks other than your own without permission. * Don’t Leave your stuff lying around in other people’s areas. * Don’t EAT/DRINK in lab (go to the tea room to eat lunch and hang out). * Don’t PLAY MUSIC out loud (not everyone likes your taste). * Don’t DATE people you work with.*
- may occasionally result in marriage.