Good practice

Good practice for safe work in the labs

The following will outline general rules for good practice when working in HST laboratories. Special rules may apply to individual laboratories or experimental set-ups.

General safety

  • Any equipment is potentially dangerous if not used correctly. Be sure you are well educated and observe your responsibilities as supervisor / students / guests.
  • Equipment should only be used as intended and in accordance with the users manual. If you feel uncertain on how to use some equipment, don't hesitate to ask your supervisor, the laboratory responsible or any technician.
  • For certain equipment, a specific person has been appointed to conduct safety instructions before you are allowed to use it (the lab. responsible will direct you).
  • Each laboratory and many experimental setups are equipped with an emergency stop. Every lab. user must know where it is situated, and how to operate it.
  • It is only allowed to use equipment belonging to the lab or which has been approved by the lab. responsible.
  • Defect equipment or parts (eg. cables) must be handed in for repair or replacement. You are not allowed to use it before repair / replacement.

Electrical safety

  • All setups used for experiments on humans must be powered through a safety trafo. No direct connections to wall outlets are allowed.

  • If a person is subject to an electric shock (s)he must be checked by a medical doctor and both the working environment organisation and the lab. responsible must be informed, even if there is no visible injury.

People in the labs

  • Students are not allowed to work alone in the labs - at least two students must be present in the lab at any time.
  • None is allowed to perform experiments on themselves alone.
  • Any incident related to safety as well as (near-by) accidents must be reported to the working environment organisation.

Keep it tidy

The laboratory and each experimental setup must be kept clean and tidy.
Some examples:

  • No cables are allowed to cross the floor (walking areas).
  • Setups should only contain cables in use. Any other cables must be stored elsewhere.
  • All equipment must be placed in a safe and stable position.
  • Food and beverages may not be consumed in the lab. During long experiments a snack for the subject is accepted.
  • Outdoor clothing and unnecessary bags must be kept in your office or group room, not in the lab.