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Introduction to MIC 101 Page 4 MIC 101 Lab Safety No Cell Phones, iPods, Walkmans or other Electronic Gadgets should be used in Lab. Any Lab is a potentially hazardous Work Environment that demands your complete and undistracted Attention. (Cell Phones, however, can make very, very handy Timers, and many have decent Photographic Capabilities.) No Food or Drink should be brought into the Laboratory. Not Ever. And Coffee and Tea left outside the Lab Doors will get the Heave Ho. Potentially Dangerous Bacteria can lurk on Surfaces and float through the Air. Wash your Hands thoroughly at the Beginning and at the End of each Lab and any Time you need to leave the Lab (say to get a Drink of Water). Disinfect your Lab Bench with Bacdown at the Beginning and at the End of each Lab. Keep Personal Stuff off the Lab Bench. Please put Backpacks, Coats and other Impedimenta underneath your Lab Bench. Wear sensible Clothes. Avoid long, loose Sleeves or Scarves and tie back long Hair. We will often be working with Stains, so choose your Clothes accordingly. Wearing Shoes with closed Toes is strongly Advised. Treat all the Cultures used in MIC 101 as Pathogens. Most of the Bacteria used in MIC 101 are Attenuated Strains that are relatively Harmless to Healthy Students. However, some of the Bacteria we’ll use are Pathogens that are fully capable of inducing a loud and horrible Primordial Bowel Movement that will set- off a Smoke Alarm, so just treat all in MIC 101 as Pathogens, OK? Be Careful with your Bunsen Burner. Turn it off when not in use. Always double- check that the Gas is turned off before you leave the Lab. Please do not turn the Gas on until you are ready to light the Burner. Don’t turn on the Gas until you have the Striker in your Hands. Note that the Flame from a Bunsen Burner is not always Visible, so be aware of when your Bunsen Burner is on, and turn the Flame off when you don’t need it (if even for only a few Minutes). Please inform your TA immediately about any Accident. If you spill a Culture, tell your TA and flood the Spill with Bacdown. If you break a Test Tube, tell your TA. Please do not pick-up any Broken Glass (we’ll do it for you). Any Cut in a Microbiology Lab can result in the introduction of Bacteria directly into your Bloodstream and your Death will be exceedingly long and painful. Discard used Materials and Cultures in the appropriate Containers. When in Doubt -- and this will happen a whole lot, so don’t feel Foolish -- ask your TA. (Clean-Up is seriously Important in MIC 101.) Know the Location of the Emergency Eyewashes, Emergency Shower and the Fire Extinguishers at the Front of each Lab.
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Introduction to MIC 101 Page 5 Tools of the Trade We’ll be using each of the following in almost every MIC 101 Lab Session. You’re probably already familiar with these guys already, but just in case, let’s be sure everyone is on the same Page...
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