v1. Wear a lab coat in lab. We will be working with a variety of materials that can cause permanent stains on some fabrics. Also, a lab coat can help protect from accidental contamination by microorganisms
vNo eating or drinking during lab. Many pathogens spread by ingested food and drink. In addition, food can carry microorganisms that might contaminate laboratory cultures
vKeep long or fluffy hair tied up and out of the way. Hair can contaminate and be contaminated by microbial cultures.
vAlways wear shoes in lab
vThoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before and after lab. Thorough and frequent hand washing easily and effectively controls the spread of many pathogens.
vClean the lab bench with disinfectant before and after lab. This helps to prevent contamination of cultures, books, clothing, etc
vKeep the lab bench free of unnecessary materials. Don't use the lab bench as a storage area for coats, books, etc.
vDo not take cultures from the lab area
vDispose all contaminated materials in autoclave bags. When in doubt, ask the instructor.
vImmediately report all accidents and spills to the instructor. Cover spills with disinfectant-soaked paper towels for at least 15 minutes before disposing them
vRead all assigned materials before the lab session. Experiments will go smoother and have greater chances of success when you know what you will be doing ahead of time