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Murphy’s Law Lives in my Lab

Some days are good and things run like clockwork. Then there are those other days - you know the ones - where you mutter to yourself, “Can’t anything go right today?!?!?” Those are the days you are...
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Entering your Lab: Know the Biosafety Level

Starting work in a new lab is exciting. You're ready to begin doing awesome science and making new discoveries. However, safety comes first. You need to protect yourself, your colleagues, and your environment...
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How to Conduct a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Labs can be dangerous places. Even the most careful workers can have accidents. To help prevent workplace accidents, you should conduct a yearly Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, otherwise known as...
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Ergonomics: How To Make Friends With Your Lab Environment

Proper laboratory ergonomics is often overlooked, but it’s crucial to the longevity of your research career. Ergonomics refers to the study of human efficiency in the working environment. This includes...
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Safety Comes First: Common Laboratory Signs

Our laboratory is full of signs isn’t it? Be it the chemical bottles or the signs near the basin, they are everywhere.  But that’s a good thing and is important for our safety. These signs tell you about...
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5 Funny Things I Have Seen in the Lab

Given enough time, even the worst rookie research disasters seem amusing. It’s a comedy of errors that test our wit and our patience, but ultimately leave a lifelong impression on how to try experimentation a...
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12 Top Tips for Working in Your Cell Culture Hood

Whether you’re about to become keeper of the cells, or are just passing through to run a pilot study, knowing how to use the biosafety cabinet is just as essential as knowing how to use the fume hood when...
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10 Top Tips When Working With Your Fume Hood

Little chemical, BIG SMELL: Leave it to a pinch of beta-mercaptoethanol to overpower the lab. While not every chemical has such a pungent reminder about where it should be handled (hint: not at the bench), a...
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Know Your PPE – Face Protection

Like all PPE, goggles and face shields are your last line of defense against the many lab hazards that may hurt you. But not all goggles and face shields are equal! To help you keep safe and sound, we'll review...
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Beginners Guide to Fume Hoods and Safety Cabinets

As with any experiment, choosing the right personal protective equipment is essential. In this series we'll take a look at what different types of hoods add to your arsenal of PPE, what they do and how you can...
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