Lab Safety Guidelines

 HiveBio promotes and strives to maintain the safety, health and well being of its members, the public and environment at all times. Members are encouraged to actively participate in identifying ways to make our organization a safer place. Environmental health and safety compliance at HiveBio is a requirement for continued membership and is a vital part of building a safe working environment for our community. Safety is a team effort and we will work together to keep this a safe and healthy community. If you have any questions, please contact the safety and ethics board.

  • Follow all HiveBio policies, guidelines and written programs and direct any concerns about safety to the Safety and Ethics Committee or any HiveBio representative.
  • Obey all safety warnings, signs and precautionary labels.
  • Be familiar with the locations and operation of safety and emergency facilities such as the fire extinguishers, first-aid kit, emergency wash facilities, fire alarm pull stations, telephones, and emergency exits.
  • Do not block access to emergency equipment (eyewashes, safety showers and fire extinguishers).
  • Keep exits, corridors and passageways (means of egress) clear at all times.
  • Follow good housekeeping practices at all times. This includes replacing all supplies and equipment after use.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, or store food or beverages in laboratories.
  • Never work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Limit access to laboratories and other areas where hazardous materials are used or stored. Keep doors closed and admit only authorized members or visitors.
  • Do not operate equipment unless trained and authorized.
  • Do not use any chemicals unless trained and authorized.
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment as required. Gloves, safety glasses and goggles, and lab coats are provided for use by any member.
  • Do not wear personal protective equipment outside the laboratory unless required by the activity being performed.
  • Do not hesitate to request any item of personal protective equipment you feel is needed.
  • Wash hands after handling chemicals, infectious materials, or specimens and before leaving the laboratory.
  • Use fume hoods for laboratory activities and experiments involving toxic, hazardous, noxious or carcinogenic materials. Do not use fume hoods for storage or as receptacles for waste material.
  • For hazardous material spills, follow procedures in the HiveBio Chemical Hygiene Plan.

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