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TAMUCC BIMS and Microbiology Lab Safety Orientation. BIMS Lab Coordinator. Githzette M. Planas-Costas, M.S. Email: Githzette.Planas@tamucc.edu Phone: (361) 825-2891 Office: CS-253A. Overview. Emergency Phone # Emergency Equipment Fire Safety Fire Evacuation Lab Attire (PPE)

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bims lab coordinator
BIMS Lab Coordinator
  • Githzette M. Planas-Costas, M.S.
  • Email: Githzette.Planas@tamucc.edu
  • Phone: (361) 825-2891
  • Office: CS-253A
  • Emergency Phone #
  • Emergency Equipment
  • Fire Safety
  • Fire Evacuation
  • Lab Attire (PPE)
  • Lab Behavior
  • Hazard Communication: Chemicals & Biologicals
emergency phone numbers
Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Campus Emergency: Call University Police Department (UPD) in case of an emergency.
  • From any university phone: dial 911 or ext. 4444.
  • From your cell phone: dial (361) 825-4444.

Report all accidents to the Instructor

emergency phone in lab
Emergency Phone in Lab
  • When the red light is flashing and/or the phone is ringing, there may be an emergency announcement.
emergency equipment
Emergency Equipment
  • Use emergency equipment only if:
    • You are trained to use them.
    • Your own safety is not compromised by using them.
eye wash station
Eye Wash Station
  • Flush eyes out for at least 15 minutes.
  • Keep your eyes open while flushing.
  • Have yourself checked out at the Health Center.
  • Incident Report
emergency shower
Emergency Shower
  • Remove contaminated clothing, if needed.
  • Flush the affected area for at least 15 minutes.
  • Have yourself checked out at the Health Center.
  • Incident report
  • Emergency shower located in CS-235 and in EN-301
first aid kit
First Aid Kit
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Cold packs
  • Plastic forceps
  • NO DRUGS. Sorry!
fire safety
Fire Safety
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Be aware of Bunsen burners emitting invisible flames.
  • Keep flammable & combustible materials away from a heat source.
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Fire Safety
  • Report all malfunctioned equipment to your Instructor.
  • Do not use frayed, damaged electrical cords.
  • Do not overload the circuit with an “electrical octopus.”
fire evacuation procedures
Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Exit the building in a calm & orderly manner.
  • Use the shortest and safest passage to the exit.
  • Do not use the elevator.
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Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Alert people and pull the fire alarm on your way out.
  • Meet your class at the assembly area designated by your Instructor.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from the building (or 35 long steps)
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Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Do not re-enter the building until the “All Clear” has been announced.
  • Regardless of whether it is a real fire alarm, false alarm, or a fire drill, you are required to follow the same procedures above.
fire evacuation procedures3
Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Helping a person with physical disabilities:
    • Accompany him/her to an area of rescue assistance located at the stairwell landing.
    • Call or have someone call UPD & give UPD the location.
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Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Helping a person with physical disabilities:
    • UPD will bring him/her down the stairway using an EvacuTrak.
    • Stay with him/her until UPD arrives unless your life may be in danger.
    • Do not use the elevator.
lab attire
Lab Attire
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Upon entering the lab, you are required to wear:
    • Lab coat
    • Long pants
    • Sturdy closed-toe closed-heel shoes

Buttoned Lab Coat (Required)

Long Pant/Skirt (Required)

Closed Toe/Heel Shoes (Required)

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Lab Attire
  • PPE: Hand Protection
    • Gloves are required while you work with chemical or biological agents in the lab.
    • Use the gloves provided to you in the lab. They are compatible with agents you work with.
    • Don’t touch face with gloves
    • You will be asked to leave if you do not abide by safety protocol.
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Lab Attire
  • PPE: Eye Protection
    • Goggles are highly recommended while you work with or near chemicals or biohazardous materials.
    • Goggles on your forehead WILL NOT protect your eyes.
lab safety behavior
Lab Safety Behavior
  • Never touch, taste, or smell any chemicals
  • Long hair tied back
  • No horseplay (pushing, shoving, pranks, etc.)
hazard communication
Hazard Communication
  • Learn about the chemicals before using them
  • DO NOT use any chemicals without your Instructor’s supervision or approval.
  • Do wear all personal protective equipment as required.
  • When in doubt, ASK.
safety data sheets sds
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides information regarding the chemical’s
    • Physical, chemical, health properties
    • Safe handling, personal protective equipment required, disposal, storage, etc.
chemical disposal
Chemical Disposal
  • When you are done using the chemicals, safely dispose of them as specifically instructed by your Instructor.
biohazard safety
Biohazard Safety
  • Biohazards include: bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or any human body fluids.
  • Pathogens: agents that cause disease.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: microorganisms that may be transmitted through direct contact with contaminated blood, bodily fluids, or tissues.
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Biohazard Safety
  • Treat all human blood & bodily fluids as if they are infected.
  • Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles as directed when working with or near biohazardous materials.
  • Avoid touching your face with your gloves.
biohazardous material disposal
Biohazardous Material Disposal
  • Dispose of all biohazardous materials as directed by your instructor.
  • Do not dispose of them in the regular trash.
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Biohazardous Material Disposal

Benchtop Biohazard Carton

Contaminated Glass Disposal Box

Uncontaminated Glass Disposal Box

Sharps Container

  • Only uncontaminated broken glass here
  • No biohazardous items!
  • Broken or whole contaminated slides
  • Plastic transfer pipettes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Pipette tips
  • Note: Do not throw gloves or petri dishes in here; place in larger biohazard trash.
  • Scalpels
  • Needles
  • Razor blades
  • Never recap needles!
  • No glass slides!
  • Broken or whole contaminated test tubes (i.e. bacteria, bodily fluids)
  • Vacutainer tubes
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Biohazardous Material Disposal
  • Test Tubes
    • In micro/CLS labs, unbroken, contaminated test tubes are disposed of differently.
    • All test tubes (solid or liquid) are to be placed in an autoclavable rack (set out by TA) to be autoclaved
    • Exception to rule: Only if test tube is broken & contaminated, it goes in blood box biohazard container. This is not to be done by students!
safety incidences
Safety Incidences
  • Get cut with broken glass
  • Poked with a sharp
  • Skin exposure to chemical or biological
  • Steps to Take:
    • Seek medical assistance if needed.
    • TA will file an incident report.
medical awareness
Medical Awareness
  • Pregnant
  • Allergies (penicillin, latex, etc…)
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetic
  • Other
  • Let your TA, Instructor or Lab Coordinator know!
before leaving lab
Before Leaving Lab…
  • Clean your workstation.
  • Put all tools and equipment back to their proper place.
  • Remove gloves and other PPE.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving the lab.