- Be Clean - Molecular biology requires equipment and reagents that are kept clean and sterile. Do your work in a tidy and organised manner!
- Be Careful - We use potentially dangerous equipment and hazardous chemicals. Risks include: electrical shock, high and low temperature burns, cuts, explosions, fire, short and long term damage from exposure to chemicals, and UV light damage and ionizing radiation.
- Be Considerate - To maintain a safe and happy working environment, clean up after yourself and leave common areas and equipment in a tidy manner. If you finish a shared reagent or take the last of a stock of shared consumables, ensure that it is re-ordered or replaced for the next user.
- Be Informed - Most chemicals are to a small or larger extent hazardous. Always read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and be informed before using any chemical. SDS’s provide instructions regarding danger categories and handling procedures. Always handle unknown substances as if they are dangerous.
- Ask for help! - If you are unsure how a piece of equipment works or the safest way to use a chemical, get advice from a lab colleague. If you see someone doing something wrong or dangerous – help them to learn the correct practices.
- Food and drink are forbidden in labs - no eating, drinking, or transporting food and drinks through the labs. It is also forbidden to store food and drinks in laboratory refrigerators and freezers.