User:Ricardo Vidal/sandbox/safety

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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.
  • Store GLYCEROLS appropriately
  • If you did something wrong, CONFESS and tell someone. You won’t get in trouble for accidents.


  • 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.