INTRO TO BIOTECH
GENERAL LABORATORY SAFETY
• Biotechnology: Science for the New
• Author: Ellen Daugherty
– Published 2007
• Calculated as percentage of points earned
– points earned divided by points possible
A = 90% -100%
B = 80% -89%
C = 70% -79%
D = 60% -69%
F= 59% or less
Notice….. There are no plus or
minus grades for ICCC
– Chapter exams, 100 pts each
– Unit Exams, 200 pts each
• Taken in THIS room during REGULAR class time
• Final exam on the Semester Testing day
• Final exam will be worth 20% of your final grade
• Laboratory reports:
– Every laboratory exercise will require a written
log and report in your notebook.
• Some will be simple, informal reports.
• Others will be formal reports using the format of the
– The amount of points for each report will be
variable according to the extent of the
• Attendance, Extra Credit
– Attendance is required.
• Your education is your job!
– You wouldn’t miss a day of work for no reason,
• You develop good work ethics.
– There will not be extra credit
assignments or questions on exams.
– There will not be extra credit projects or
• This is a college course taught in a
high school setting.
• It is NOT a high school course for
which you receive college credit!
• Your grade becomes part of your
college record and is a major factor
in your opportunities for future
• Late Work, Missed Exams
– I am required to give equal treatment to everyone; this
means I will not be able to give special considerations!
– Due dates are deadlines.
• Late work will not be graded- you will receive zero points.
• No partial credit will be given.
– Exam dates will be clearly posted.
• If you come late, you will not be allowed to stay late. You will
not be allowed any extra time on an exam without formal
• If you miss an exam without a valid reason, you will receive a
grade of zero.
• If you miss an exam for health reasons, I MAY REQUIRE
• If you have a school-sponsored event that will cause you to
miss the exam, you will need to contact me and set up an
alternative exam time BEFORE THE SCHEDULED EXAM DATE.
– You have the school phone number- in cases of unexpected
situations, use it!!
– My email is Beacomt@manson-nw.k12.ia.us. I check it
• Students with Disabilities:
– If you have a disability that qualifies under
the Americans with Disabilities Act and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you
should let me know
– We will make arrangements suitable to your
– I can not give considerations retroactively!
• A word on integrity:
– Any blatant disregard for integrity will
not be tolerated. I will simply request
that you be removed from my class.
– The same goes for safety.
• Your goal is to impress me- as a
“graduate” of this class, I may be
writing your recommendation letter!
• Lab work doesn’t fit neatly into
convenient time frames. You are
expected to arrange your schedules
when needed to start, stop or check
progress on lab work.
• If this means coming in before or
after school or between classes, so
SOME HELPFUL HINTS
• Focus on what I’m focusing on.
• Master the vocabulary.
• Read the chapter before coming to
• Learn to recognize when you don’t
• Don’t hesitate to contact me for any
reason about this class!
ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, DRINK, OR EDIBLE
SUBSTANCE OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED IN THE
Many of our labs involve foods. We don’t want cross
You may bring in pure water to drink. Keep it at your desk area,
away from the lab area.
FAILURE TO COMPLY IS A VIOLATION OF OSHA
LAB SAFETY REGULATIONS
Labs in the real world have these standards. Get used to it.
FAILURE TO COMPLY ALSO PUTS YOUR
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE IN
– Cover as much as possible
– Long pants, long sleeves
– Clothing should not be overly loose
– Closed-toed shoes only!
– Should have thick, non-slip soles
• Gloves are available
– Should be worn
• Protects you from chemicals
• Protects experiments from contamination
– Latex vs non-latex
– Remove gloves when exiting the
laboratory- never wear gloves out in
common use, public areas
• Eye protection is available
– Safety glasses with side protection
(prescription glasses not adequate)
• Safety shower with eyewash
– Located in Chemistry classroom
– Use the connecting hallway at the front of this
• Fire blanket
• Fire extinguisher
• Emergency phone
– Closest phone is in the office (or your pocket or purse!)
• Waste disposal
– EPA requirements:
• Hazardous wastes must be clearly labeled
• Liquid and solid wastes must be separate
• Waste containers must be in a designated
waste collection site
• Waste must be disposed of on a regular basis
– Non-hazardous wastes
• Most bacterial cultures can be autoclaved,
bagged, and disposed of in normal trash
• Non-hazardous liquids can go down the drain
• Broken glass or other sharps should be first
placed in a puncture-resistant container