DIYbio:Notebook/Safety Manual 1.0
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Safety Manual 1.0 DRAFT
Meredith Patterson <>, Mackenzie Cowell <mac(at)diybio.org>, Tito Jankowski <email@example.com>,
This guide is designed to be an extremely useful guide to effective DIYbio.
A useful set of guidelines to make DIYbio experiments productive and safe.
- Having a lab accident is a great way to ruin a week's worth of work.
- Sterilization keeps your cultures safe from contamination.
- Gloves and goggles keep your work free from your own DNA
- Clean up breakage and spills immediately
- Dispose of all trash properly to keep your lab in tip top shape
- Never eat or drink in your lab or allow food into your lab
- Clearly label all containers with large print of name and date material was put into container
- Any reaction that vents gas needs to be done with proper ventilation
- If you are using a flame or stove, keep a fire extinguisher on hand
- If you have corrosives in your lab, have access to a chemical shower
- Call 911 (USA) for all fire, medical, or police emergencies
Other Items: (too specific?)
- Do not store any materials in food/drink containers (covered by #6)
- Keep acids and bases in separate lockers. Acids and bases often react in exciting ways when they meet.
- Keep flammables in flammable storage cabinet
- Keep full documentation, notes, etc., of everything -- always. This is both for emergency information as well as in case of success. A lab can have many health hazards that need to be handled properly, 'how' must be specified.
- Material Safety Data Sheets: http://www.ilpi.com/msds/index.html