Team:FHS Frederick MD/Safety


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All members were required to take a lab safety class developed and presented by one of our club members. To create a safe environment for ourselves, we went through basic safety and hazards overview for every lab. To ensure nothing was contaminated, we sterilized our work station using Q-18 disinfectant with a combination of bleach. We also used Lysol wipes on any surface in direct contact with lab materials. For personal safety, we would use Purell before and after taking off gloves. Eye protection was required in lab areas to protect eye health and safety. We also tested and confirmed that the eye wash station was completely functional before experiments were conducted. In addition, we wore lab coats that covered us from collar to knee. All hazardous materials were dealt with safely and with the environment in mind. Only iGEM-supplied E. coli were used. Loose hair was tied back. Proper supervision was a priority, with either Mark Trice or Dave Rozak present for all experiments.


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