Biology 105 – Human Biology Laboratory Safety

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Biology 105 – Human Biology

Laboratory Safety

Session 2015:


Class Location:

Days / Time :


60544 4 Units

838 / 2030

T Th 8:00 AM – 9:20 AM LEC

T 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM LAB



64561 4 Units

838 / 2030

T Th 8:00 AM – 9:20 AM LEC

Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM LAB



Your participation in this laboratory requires that you follow safe laboratory practices. You are required to adhere to the safety guidelines listed below, as well as any other safety procedures given by your instructor or the instructor(s) in charge of the course. You will be asked to sign this form certifying that you were informed of the safety guidelines and emergency procedures for this laboratory. Violations of these rules are grounds for expulsion from the laboratory.

Note: You have the right to ask questions regarding your safety in this laboratory, either directly or anonymously, without fear of reprisal. Your safety is everyone’s concern and vice versa!

  • Locate the emergency evacuation plan posted in the front of the laboratory. Become familiar with the recommended exit routes. Do not use the elevator in emergency situation.

  • Locate emergency shower and eyewash station. Locate the fire extinguisher and fire alarm and fire blanket.

  • The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) contain information on all known health hazards of the chemicals used in this course. In addition, there is information concerning the cleanup of spills and the accidental exposure to the chemical (e.g. skin contact or inhalation). You are advised to inspect the contents of the MSDS binder.

  • Dispose of all broken glassware, needles and scalpel blades in the specially marked receptacle. [SHARPS] Never place any of these items in the general or biological specimen trash containers.

  • Dispose of all biological, animal and microbial waste in designated plastic bags and pails.

  • Correctly prepare and store all biological specimens designated for re-use.

  • Thoroughly clean and store all surgical instrumentation at end of use.

  • Thoroughly clean your work area at end of use.

  • Exercise care in working with surgical / laboratory instruments. Notify you instructor immediately if you receive any type of injury in the laboratory no matter how slight.

  • Never pipette fluids by mouth. Pipettes will be available for your use. Check odors cautiously. Never taste a chemical.

  • Do not drink water from the taps in the laboratory. A drinking fountain is located in the hall.

  • Shoes must be worn in the laboratory. Don’t wear open toed shoes or sandals or high heels and especially…. NO flip flops!

It is advisable that you:

  • DO NOT wear loose long sleeves.

  • DO NOT wear your very best / favorite clothing.

  • DO NOT wear excessive jewelry, especially carpal and phalangeal jewelry.

  • If you have long hair, tie it back and up, so that it does not become an incidental component of your laboratory activities, or worse, someone else’s lab activities.

  • Your children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, great grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, BFF’s, BFWB’s, pets, stuffed animals and imaginary friends from your childhood, are not allowed in the laboratory or the classroom un-less they are themselves, registered students, of this course.

  • College regulations prohibit eating or drinking at Laboratory or Library tables. If you wish to bring food / drink to class, it must be stored in a designated “clean” area and eaten outside the lab (i.e. during break in the hall or on the patio or in the quad or lobby).

  • Wash your hands before and after working in the lab. Wear gloves as needed.

  • Turn off the Open Flame Source when you are not actively using it/them.

  • If any hazardous reagents are spilled, notify your instructor at once.

  • Before obtaining any reagents, carefully read the labels on the bottles twice. Many chemicals have similar names. Never return unused chemicals to the original dispensing container.

  • Follow the instructor’s directions for disposal of chemicals. When no specific directions are given, dispose of non-hazardous, water-soluble substances in the sink, and put insoluble materials such as filter paper in the wastebasket.

  • Perform only the experiment assigned; do not experiment on your own. Unauthorized experiments are not allowed.

  • Every chemical in a laboratory must be properly labeled. Many chemicals have similar names and you should read the name twice. If a chemical is a solution, the concentration will also appear on the label. Solution concentration is commonly described by molarity (e.g., 6M HCl) or by percent concentration (e.g., 0.9% NaCl).

  • Use the proper instrument (eye-dropper, toothpick, pipette, forceps, spatula, scalpel, loop, scoop, etc.) to remove reagents from containers. Always use a dedicated instrument for any given solution. Do not cross contaminate reagents by using the same instrument for 2 different reagents. E.g. don’t use the mustard knife in the mayonnaise jar, and vice versa!

  • All bio-hazardous materials are to be disposed of in the special biohazard receptacle.

  • All bio-hazardous spills are to be reported to the instructor or to the instructional assistant and are to be cleaned up using disinfectant and disposed of properly.

  • All injuries are to be reported to the instructor or to the instructional assistant immediately, and the injured student is required to follow up with appropriate information to the NVC Health Care Center.

I have read, understand and agree to abide by the above course policy and any additional governing and / or safety direction provided by the instructor.

Please print Student ID #:

BIO 105 Laboratory Safety Policy

0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 replace this number with yours

Please print your name:

Anyone Somebody

Please sign and date:

Signed: Anyone Somebody

Date: 2015, MM, DD

Please sign and date this document, save a copy to your memory stick, change the file name to include your first initial and your complete last name, then eMail the signed copy to your instructor,, prior to your second class session. Use a legible script font or a Digital Signature.

Example File Name with MS Date Code:
BIO 105 F 2015 Laboratory Safety A Somebody 150817.1

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