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BRL (Biofuels Research Lab) Protocols. A training aid for all new and experienced users of the Biofuels Research Lab. Ed Evans Research Support Specialist Updated 10-2-12. General Usage Guidelines. Safety Glasses MUST be worn in the BRL labs at all times

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brl biofuels research lab protocols

BRL (Biofuels Research Lab) Protocols

A training aid for all new and experienced users of the Biofuels Research Lab

Ed Evans

Research Support Specialist

Updated 10-2-12

general usage guidelines
General Usage Guidelines
  • Safety Glasses MUST be worn in the BRL labs at all times
    • Corrective eyeglasses with safety lenses may be worn unless specific PPE (Personal protective equipment) is required
  • All users MUST take EH&S safety courses (Laboratory safety, Chemical Waste disposal, Fume hood safety, How to read an MSDS, Fire Safety, and Cleaning small lab spills) before using the BRL
    • More courses are required if using specialized equipment (centrifuge safety, cryogen safety, etc.)
    • All BRL users must be trained via a BRL Specialist prior to using ANY equipment
    • Chemical MSDS sheets are located in the main hallway outside B77 and available through chemical inventory on BRL Network (Enterprise)
    • BRL users must be activated in system via Ed Evans (ece22) or Sue Fredenburg (saf3) prior to gaining access
    • BRL users may not use USB drives on any lab computer
      • Personal folders are located on BRL network (Enterprise) and are used for data storage
      • Only computers in the BRL office can be used to transfer data out of the lab
brl server network enterprise
BRL Server/Network (Enterprise)
  • Sophisticated and secure network to protect computers associated with measured analytical platforms
  • Provides secure back-up for large quantities of data
  • Controls user access to data and analytical platforms
  • File systems are organized with different levels of access and security
  • Can be connected from anywhere via VPN
fume hood general knowledge

Keep all materials inside the hood at least six inches from the sash opening. When not working in the hood, close the sash.

  • Be sure that nothing blocks the airflow through the baffles
  • Never allow your head to enter the plane of the hood opening.
  • Elevate large equipment at least two inches off the base of the hood interior
  • Do not permanently store any chemicals inside the hood.
  • Promptly report any hood that is not functioning properly to your supervisor
  • When using extremely hazardous chemicals, understand your laboratory’s action plan in case an emergency
Fume HoodGeneral Knowledge

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centrifuges bench top and large volume

Centrifuges (Bench-top and Large Volume)

All centrifuge users must be trained on centrifuge usage and take the EH&S centrifuge training course

All users must sign in with the log sheet

User name, email, date, and rotor type

Carbon Fiber Rotors must be stored properly within specific canvas bags and not placed on benches without protection

Samples must be balanced when placed in rotors

Once finished with centrifuge, the lids are to be open and the unit turned off

Any spills must be cleaned up by user

All containers must be cleaned and sterilized

centrifuges bench top and large volume1
Centrifuges (Bench-top and Large Volume)
  • Ensure that centrifuge bowls and tubes are dry
  • Ensure that the spindle is clean
  • Use matched sets of tubes, buckets and other equipment
  • Inspect tubes or containers for cracks or flaws before using them
  • Avoid overfilling tubes or other containers
  • Ensure that the rotor is properly seated on the drive shaft
  • Make sure that the centrifuge is operating normally before leaving the area
  • Do not exceed the rotor’s maximum run speed
    • Safety feature of BRL centrifuges

Report all accidents and malfunctions to supervisor immediately

autoclave usage bench top or large volume
Autoclave UsageBench-top or Large Volume
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn when using autoclaves
    • Autoclave gloves are stored in B77 (Research Support Lab) across from the large volume centrifuges
  • All users must be trained by Ed Evans (ece22)
    • All users must sign receipt after run
  • Ensure that the autoclave/sterilizer door is closed and locked before beginning the cycle
  • Do not remove items from an autoclave until they have cooled
  • Use forceps or other tools to remove instruments and other items from baskets and autoclaves
  • Items must be loaded with autoclavable containment bins
80 c freezers
-80°C Freezers
  • All users must be trained and given a specific storage rack
  • All users must take EH&S course (Cryogen safety)
  • Avoid skin and eye contact
    • Cryogenic gloves must be worn whenever handling items in -80°C Freezer
  • Never store a cryogen in a sealed, airtight container at a temperature above the boiling point of the cryogen
  • First Aid
  • In case of exposure to cryogens or dry ice, remove any clothing that is not frozen to the skin.
  • Do NOT rub frozen body parts because tissue damage may result.
  • Obtain medical assistance as soon as possible.
  • Place the affected part of the body in a warm water bath
  • To report an emergency, dial 911
material handling lab
Material Handling Lab
  • Must be trained on equipment prior to use
  • Due to the nature of equipment in this lab, PPE’s are required
    • Ear plugs or Muffs must be worn
    • Face shield and dust mask must be worn
    • Pinch points
chemicals need to know
Chemicals Need to know
  • Chemicals are stored within the Support Lab, alphabetically unless specific storage needs are required
  • All chemical MSDS sheets must be stored in MSDS folder located in main hallway near telephone, organized via room and alphabetically
  • Any chemical brought into the BRL must be accompanied by the MSDS form and filed properly (and added to online chemical inventory)
  • The identity of the chemical and appropriate hazard warnings must be shown on the label
  • The hazard label message must be legible, permanently displayed and written in English
hazardous chemical waste
Hazardous Chemical Waste
  • Chemical waste must be stored in the same lab in which it is generated
    • A “Hazardous Waste Satellite Accumulation Area” sign should be posted at the area where the waste is generated and stored
  • Complete a green Hazardous waste tag. Peel and stick the bottom copy to the waste container
      • Tags are stored in B77 (Research Support Lab) across from the large volume centrifuges
  • All waste must be marked as Hazardous Waste
  • Contact Ed Evans (ece22) for waste removal from BRL
hazardous chemical waste continued
Hazardous Chemical Waste Continued
  • All generators must attend Chemical Waste Disposal Training
  • Waste containers must be in good condition, no dents, cracks etc., and lids intact and functional.
  • Wastes must be chemically compatible with the container.
  • Containers must be closed except when adding or removing waste. Do not leave a funnel in the bottle.
  • Store hazardous waste chemicals in secondary containment whenever possible. Plastic bins offer the best protection against spills.
  • Waste containers must be under the control of the operator of the process that generates the waste.
chemical inventory
Chemical Inventory
  • The Chemical inventory can be located from any computer connected to Enterprise (or via VPN)
    • Enterprise → Ten Forward → Chem Inventory 2012
  • Separated via dry and wet chemicals
  • Access to pdf of MSDS by clicking on chemical
  • Indicates supplier, grade, location, catalogue #, CAS #, and Approximate volume/weight
  • Must be updated whenever new chemicals are brought into lab or consumed
contaminated waste disposal
Contaminated Waste Disposal

Cornell EH&S Biological Waste Disposal Guide

regulated medical waste rmw disposal
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) Disposal
  • All regulated waste must be segregated into Red Biohazard Bags, Incinerator Cartons, or Sharps containers. The RMW tags are no longer needed, however all waste must still be labeled and attach to EACH container.
    • Cartons must be sealed when waste reaches approximately 1 inch from the top
    • Tags can be obtained in the Research Support Lab (B77) in a drawer across from the large volume centrifuges



Building: Riley-Robb Hall BRL

Phone number:

  • Ensure bags and cartons are sealed with zip ties and/or packing tape. Ensure sharps container lid is secure. Gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Place bags, cartons, or sharps containers on cart to move. Sharps containers or small containers may be carried by hand.
  • Transport containers to Dept. Autoclave room (room across from elevator in basement)
  • Place waste in RMW container (see picture) or place incinerator cartons on floor to the side of the removal bin.
  • EH&S Contact for RMW Removal: Bill Leonard (255-5616) or [email protected]
  • Biofuels Research Labs Contact: Ed Evans (255-8578) or [email protected]
  • Contact EH&S (255-8200) in case of any large spills or release of material.
final general policies
Final General Policies
  • Anything that is borrowed from any lab must stay within the BRL and be returned to the place it was borrowed by the end of that workday (unless it is being used for an extended experiment and others are aware of the item’s location)
  • Many disposable items in the BRL are for general use and can be found in the support lab or on the racks behind the growth chambers. Other non-disposable items are found in the other labs and have been purchased for specialized projects. These items require permission from users to borrow especially if they come from a designated student’s bench or drawer. Otherwise, the item needs to be purchased by the user
  • Pipettes are BRL property unless purchased by an outside user.
  • Once a user is done with an area, the area must be cleaned by the user. This applies not only to workspaces but balances, glassware, and equipment.
  • All liquids and chemicals must be labeled, including water and waste containers. Please see Ed Evans or Cornell EH&S training for any questions.
  • Contaminated Gloves are not to be worn outside or the lab in which you are working
    • Do not touch door handles with contaminated gloves
brl contact info
BRL Contact Info
eh s training and contact info
EH&S Training and Contact Info
  • To report an emergency, dial 911
  • Contact EH&S: 607-255-8200
  • Ask EH&S: The online question and answer system is the best way for the Cornell community to ask Environmental Health and Safety questions to EH&S staff:
  • EH&S Training Website: