Good Lab Practices (GLPs)
The lab is to be kept clean
- You are responsible for keeping your work area clutter free and wiping off bench tops and equipment in the common section of the lab.
- Do not leave items in the sink for extended periods of time. If glassware needs to soak let your lab mates know. Leave a note if you are doing an overnight soak.
- When there are others in the lab, clean as you go to help maximize the productivity of others.
- When biohazard waste is just past half full it must be autoclaved.
- After using equipment, make sure it is turned off.
- Report any equipment problems or oddities to the lab manager or PI.
Lab doors are kept locked
- Door to common section of the lab may be propped open when interns are expected.
- If you are the only person in the lab and you leave, the locked door must be closed.
Before starting a new experiment make sure you have done the following
- Write down your experimental design and discuss it with the PI.
- Look up safety data sheets for the reagents / chemicals you will be using to ensure you properly protect yourself (and others) as well as using proper steps for cleanup and disposal.
- Follow lab SOPs and protocols when applicable.
- If you are unsure about how to work with certain chemicals, talk with the lab manager ahead of time.
Before leaving the lab
- Double check that equipment has been turned off.
- Microscopes are covered.
- Doors are closed and locked.
- Turn the lights off in both parts of the lab.