DIYbio:Notebook/Safety Manual 1.0

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Safety Manual 1.0 DRAFT

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Meredith Patterson <>, Mackenzie Cowell <mac(at)>, Tito Jankowski <>,


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.


  1. Having a lab accident is a great way to ruin a week's worth of work.
  2. Sterilization keeps your cultures safe from contamination.
  3. Gloves and goggles keep your work free from your own DNA
  4. Clean up breakage and spills immediately
  5. Dispose of all trash properly to keep your lab in tip top shape
  6. Never eat or drink in your lab or allow food into your lab
  7. Clearly label all containers with large print of name and date material was put into container
  8. Any reaction that vents gas needs to be done with proper ventilation
  9. If you are using a flame or stove, keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  10. If you have corrosives in your lab, have access to a chemical shower
  11. Call 911 (USA) for all fire, medical, or police emergencies

Other Items: (too specific?)

  1. Do not store any materials in food/drink containers (covered by #6)
  2. Keep acids and bases in separate lockers. Acids and bases often react in exciting ways when they meet.
  3. Keep flammables in flammable storage cabinet
  4. 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.