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Laboratory Safety and Etiquette. Cabrillo College Department of Biology. Laboratory Rules. No eating or drinking in labs Do not enter stockroom or back halls Clean up after yourself. Laboratory Etiquette. Clean your personal workspace after use

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Laboratory safety and etiquette

Laboratory Safety and Etiquette

Cabrillo College Department of Biology


Laboratory rules

Laboratory Rules

  • No eating or drinking in labs

  • Do not enter stockroom or back halls

  • Clean up after yourself


Laboratory etiquette

Laboratory Etiquette

  • Clean your personal workspace after use

    • Wipe down benches with disinfectant before and after use.

  • Ensure that no trash is left behind

  • No trash in the sinks

  • Push in chairs

  • Place lab items back on carts and trays


Learning center open labs

Learning Center & Open Labs

  • The LC and open labs are a bonus, not a right, your flexibility is appreciated

  • Hours are posted on LC and lab doors

  • Hours are subject to change without notice

  • Some study items may not be available a day or two before an exam

  • Don’t wait until the last day to study


Laboratory safety

Laboratory Safety

1. Laboratory Hygiene

2. Sharps Safety

3. Safety Equipment

4. Fire Safety

5. Chemical Safety


1 laboratory hygiene

1. Laboratory Hygiene

  • Scrub hands thoroughly when finished

  • Avoid cross contamination

    • Do not touch self, faucets, doorknobs, notebooks, pens etc. with gloves on.

    • Keep a pen or two in your drawer for lab use only

  • Clean and disinfect your workspace


2 sharps safety

2. Sharps Safety

  • Sharps include

    • Razor and scalpel blades

    • Needles and pins

    • Microscope cover slips

    • Broken glass

  • Place sharps in sharps boxes

  • Broken Glass into glass box (ask for help)

  • NO SHARPS OR GLASS IN THE TRASH


3 safety equipment

3. Safety Equipment

  • Do not hesitate to use safety equipment. It is for student use as well as instructor use.

  • Shower and eyewash (15 min. soak)

  • First aid kit

  • Fire extinguisher, Fire blanket, Alarm pulls


4 fire safety

4. Fire Safety

  • Never leave flames unattended

  • Do not use flammables near ignition sources

  • Fire Extinguishers

    • Pull ring, aim at fire’s base, squeeze handle, sweep back and forth (evacuate if >1m3)

  • Fire Blanket

  • Fire alarm pulls


5 chemical safety

5. Chemical Safety

  • Wear gloves and glasses where appropriate

  • Follow instructor’s directions

  • Dispose of waste properly-Do Not pour down the drain


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