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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

LABORATORY RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Before accepting borrowed apparatus, inspect carefully each equipment or glassware. Once issued, the Laboratory Technologist will consider all broken equipment as the responsibility of the student.

2. Always sign borrower's slip for equipment borrowed.

3. Equipment must be returned immediately after each laboratory period.

4. Upon the return of the apparatus, the form will be given back to you. If there are some apparatuses not accounted for, the form will remain in file.

5. No laboratory equipment maybe taken out of the laboratory.

6. Provide yourself with a laboratory gown, towel, rag and all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

7. Be aware of the location of fire extinguishers. Put out fires due to inflammable solvent with a wet towel or blanket.

8. Throw away excess inflammable solvent into the sink with large amounts of water.

9. Wrap solid waste with paper, including blood clots, before throwing into the appropriate waste container.

10. Report immediately any damaged or broken equipment to the laboratory technologist.

11. Clean glassware immediately after use.

12. Clean working area thoroughly after each laboratory period.

13. Do not use any instrument in the laboratory without prior permission from your instructor.

14. Do not talk or laugh boisterously inside the laboratory.

15. Do not enter the preparation room without permission.

16. Do not operate the centrifuge machine unless the tubes are properly balanced and are positioned opposite each other.

17. Do not bring volatile solvent like ether or alcohol near an open flame.

18. Eating, drinking and smoking inside the laboratory are strictly prohibited.

19. Do not throw solid substances into the sink to avoid clogging of pipes.

20. Do not splash water on a chemical fire, this would only worsen the spread of the flames.

21. Alert anyone if you smell gas and try to locate the leak.

22. Never pipet by mouth, rubber aspirators are provided for this purpose.

23. Always wash your hands with soap and water before leaving the laboratory.

24. Observe the Universal precaution: “Treat all blood, blood products and other body fluids as potentially infectious, regardless of the knowledge on their HIV - SERO status."


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