A successful laboratory experience necessitates respect to stringent personal and environmental safety guidelines. The former displays concern for your own safety in terms of avoiding laboratory settings to prevent contamination of experimental processes by microbes from external sources.
Always remember to follow these fundamental procedures:
- Never leave books or other items on bench tops after entering the lab. Place them in the designated spots.
- To avoid airborne contamination during the lab session, keep all doors and windows closed.
- Wipe the bench tops with a disinfectant solution given by the teacher at the start and end of each lab session.
- Do not place contaminated tools on bench tops, such as inoculating loops, needles, and pipettes. Pipettes should be disposed away in specified containers, while loops and needles should be sterilized by cremation.
- When the laboratory session is finished, deposit all cultures and materials in the appropriate disposal location.
- Quick and effective handling of fungal cultures and materials in the disposal area, as authorized by the teacher
- Rapid and effective management of fungal cultures is essential to avoid the spread of their reproductive spores in the laboratory environment.
- When entering and leaving the laboratory, wash your hands with liquid soap and dry them with paper towels.
- Wear a paper hat or tie back long hair to reduce its exposure to open flames.
- Closed shoes should be worn at all times in the laboratory.
- Never use cosmetics or put contact lenses in the laboratory.
- Do not smoke, eat, or drink in the laboratory. These behaviors are strictly banned.
- To transport cultures inside the lab, use a test-tube rack. Maintain cultures in a test-tube rack on the bench tops as well when not in use. Preventing accidents and avoiding contaminating oneself or the environment are both achieved via this.
- Never take medium, equipment, or bacterial cultures from the lab.
- Immediately cover spilled or broken culture tubes with paper towels, wet them with disinfection solution, and dispose of them.
- Immediately report any accidental wounds or burns.
- Never pipette broth cultures or chemical reagents by mouth. This is strictly prohibited. A mechanical pipetting apparatus will be used for pipetting.
- Do not lick the labels. For the identification of experimental cultures, only self-stick labels should be used.
- To eliminate distractions that might result in accidents, speak quietly and limit your mobility about the lab.
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