Friday, November 15, 2013

How to work in a lab

  1. Safety comes first. Know every single detail about safety regulation. Learn also first-aid.
  2. Be paranoiac about safety. 
  3. Obey all the lab rules. Some might sound stupid, but never ever attempt to judge them.
  4. Make your working environment comfortable.
  5. You may listen to music, but don't let it distract you. You have to stay concentrated.
  6. Respect all personal stuff. If you want to borrow something (even for a few seconds), always ask first.
  7. Move slowly.
  8. Do not make any assumptions or guesses. If you don't know something, ask your supervisor.
  9. First think, then act. Never lose control.
  10. Keep your workplace clean.
  11. Don't complain. Be patient. Think positive.
  12. Parafilm is your friend. 
  13. Label everything properly. Even if it is just water, do it.
  14. Have a nice pen and a pair of tweezers in your coat's pocket and never leave them unattended.
  15. Keep your drawer tidy.
  16. Open drawers slowly.
  17. Get some fresh air.
  18. Use a smaller glove. It allows precision.
  19. Change your gloves frequently.
  20. Keep a lab notebook and note down everything.
  21. If you are tired, drunk, sick etc., don't work in the lab. 
  22. Eppendorf is such a great company.