Safety -- Microbiology 542
Report all incidents or exposures to TA's or professors.
Microbial and Molecular Biology Lab Support Services (MMBLS) room 324, 5-1358.
- Right to Know
- Your instructors, TA's, and employers are legally required
to inform you of chemical, biological or radiation
safety hazards in the classroom or workplace. See the "Right to Know
Workplace Notice" (one should be posted in the classroom/workplace,
and there is one in your lab manual).
You should never do procedures in the lab
until you are adequately informed about safety issues,
and prepared to do them safely!
Your teachers should explicitly inform you of any unusual safety
hazards at the beginning of each class meeting. If they forget, ask!
- If you are on fire, stop, drop, and roll. Do not run to the
water shower because running fans the flames.
- Close the door to the fire area.
- Activate the building alarm system.
Know the alarm locations.
- Dial 911 and report the location of the fire.
Know the locations of phones: in the small room between the
teaching labs, and in any nearby research lab.
- Know the locations of fire extinguishers, the different
types, when and how to use them.
UMass EH&S (www.umass.edu/safety) offers periodic fire extinguisher training sessions.
- Lab Common Sense for Hazmats (Hazardous Materials)
- No eating or drinking in the lab.
- Keep your hands away from your face and eyes.
- Lab benches and equipment may have been contaminated by earlier
classes. Colored stains in and around sinks may be carcinogens.
- Put knapsacks and coats on the metal shelves, not on lab benches.
- Wear gloves, lab coats and goggles when handling toxic chemicals or biohazards.
Know where goggles and gloves are available.
- Chemical and biological hazards do not go in the wastebaskets!
Know where to dispose of waste.
Glass goes in special "Glass" boxes. If unsure how to dispose of something
safely, ask your teachers!
- Toxic Chemicals
- Chemical Spills
- Alert persons nearby.
- Evacuate the area and close the door.
- Contact EH&S at 5-2682 (if closed, UMass police 911).
Be prepared to provide the identity, amount, and location of the spill.
- If serious, call 911.
- University Health Services, 549-2671, is located in a separate
building behind Morrill.