Jarvis Environmental Engineering Laboratories Manual
6.0 General Lab Use
6.1 Lab Space
Assignments: All students using the Jarvis Labs for experiments will be assigned a designated workspace including a storage drawer and designated workbench area in 210 or 217 Jarvis once they have completed the certification requirements. If you have a long-term project, you will be assigned an individual workbench area. If you are periodically using the lab or only have a short-term project, you will be designated shared workbench area.
Maintaining/Cleaning Lab Space: Whether you an individual or shared assignment, your lab area is expected to be cleaned at the end of each day’s use. This includes:
- Cleaning and returning glassware to the appropriate locations
- Returning all common use materials to their labeled locations (e.g., vacuum pumps, pipettes, nanopure bottles)
- Properly labeling any materials/substances that are to be left on your desk, placed in the fridge, or temporarily stored in the vented areas.
- Wiping off lab bench and throwing out trash
Aisles: In each lab there must be a clear pathway from each experimental station, desk or workstation to a laboratory exit (preferably two exit paths). Aisles must not be blocked, and care should be taken to keep tripping hazards, etc. away from aisles.
6.2 Labeling of Containers
If you transfer chemicals (note, even water is a chemical) from a labeled container to an unlabeled container, you must either consume those chemicals within 8 hours or else label the new container. Here the word consume is taken to mean that the unlabeled container must be emptied. This would normally be done by using the reagent (in a reaction, as a solvent, etc.) to prepare a sample and then either storing that sample in a labeled container or disposing of that sample using proper disposal procedure (see below). Labels should include your name, date, and the chemical name of contents. It is OK to also put your own code on the label, but in addition to the other items. A label that reads Z7-433 might mean everything to you, but it is meaningless to anyone else. Hazardous waste containers must also be labeled as described in Section 9.
Updated protocols and necessary lab announcements will be communicated through email to a UBlearns Jarvis Labs group. All individuals registered for the labs will be included on this list.
6. 4 Working After Normal Hours:
If you must work in the lab at night or on the weekend, do one of the following (listed in order of preference):
- Arrange for someone else to be present in the lab with you.
- Arrange for someone else to be present in the building with you. Agree to periodically (every hour) check on each other either by phone or by dropping into each other's labs.
- Arrange for someone outside the building to call you periodically to check on you. They should be nearby so that if they cannot reach you after several attempts, they can come to the labs to check on you.
- Arrange to call someone periodically to let them know you are safe. If they don't hear from you, they should attempt to call you or come to the lab to check on you.
6.5 Prohibited Activities
The following activities are not allowed in lab areas.
- Eating and Drinking: Food and beverages are prohibited in all laboratory areas; vapors may be adsorbed or absorbed by the food or drinks one consumes and thereby ingested.
- Smoking: Smoking is prohibited everywhere within Jarvis Hall.
- Horseplay: Hopefully it goes without saying that horseplay, running, etc. are not permitted in labs.