Safety and Cleanliness

General Facility

ChemSci S012 – Confocal Laser-Scanning Fluorescent Imaging Core Facility and Cell Culture Laboratory


Last updated February 23, 2015.

Fire Safety and Emergencies

Users must familiarize themselves with the Incident Response (Personal Exposure, Spills).

This lab supplies:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sprinkler system

This lab does NOT supply a First Aid kit.

The Michigan Technological University emergency guide applies for all facilities on campus. In case of a fire or another emergency, refer to the University EMERGENCY GUIDE.

Chemical Safety

Chemicals such as bleach, dimethyl sulfoxide, and ethanol are stored in the lab.  Chemicals brought in by users must be accompanied by a Safety Data Sheets to go in the lab binder. Clean up spills immediately in the manner specified by the MSDS sheet corresponding to the spilled substance. If the substance is unknown, contact facility staff.

Users must familiarize themselves with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and the Incident Response (Personal Exposure, Spills).

This lab supplies:

  • Chemical spill kits
  • Disposal units for sharps and broken glass
  • Emergency shower
  • Eyewash
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Sink for washing hands

General Biological Safety

Users must familiarize themselves with the Biosafety Manual and the Incident Response (Personal Exposure, Spills).

This lab supplies:

  • Autoclave
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Biological spill kits
  • Bleach
  • Disposal units for biohazardous waste, sharps, and broken glass
  • Emergency shower
  • Ethanol
  • Eyewash
  • Freezer
  • Immunization
  • Leak-proof transport containers
  • Refrigeration
  • Sink for washing hands

Cell Culture Lab

All users must familiarize themselves with the following:

Safety Manuals

Safety Checklist

  1.  Label all reagents and samples stored in common areas. Unlabeled samples will be thrown away during weekly lab clean-up.
  2. Spills and other emergency situations MUST be handled according to the Incident Response SOP.

Disposal Checklist

  1. All waste must be properly placed into the biosafety waste container. Containers are provided and will be cleaned weekly.
  2. If a user generates a lot of waste and fills out the container, they should remove the full plastic back from the container, seal it, and place a new bag into the waste container. Bags are located at the bottom of the waste container.
  3. Sharps, such as needles, scalpels, pipettes, and broken glassware, must be placed in the appropriate designated containers.

Cleaning Checklist

  1. Clean the internal surface of the Biosafety Cabinet with a 70% Ethanol/water solution. Bottles with the pre-mixed solutions are available. Please refill bottles upon usage. Ethanol and distilled water are available in the lab.
  2. Users must wash their hands after working with potentially hazardous materials and before leaving the laboratory.
  3. Use an appropriate disinfectant to clean work surfaces after completion of work and after any spill or splash of potentially infectious material.
  4. Use bleach or an autoclave to decontaminate all cultures, stocks, and other potentially infectious materials before disposal.

See also ACMAL safety and cleanliness.