Biosciences Laboratory Safety and Conduct

With some exceptions the potential hazards in a biology or biochemistry laboratory are no different than hazards you face in your own kitchen or garage. For the most part, simply exercising common sense in the laboratory is sufficient. The guidelines below spell out the 'common sense' of behavior in the laboratory, and safety guidelines that apply to specific procedures are listed with those procedures. Remember, you are ultimately responsible for your own behavior. So be careful.

Basic safety rules


Hazardous materials

Hazardous equipment


General conduct

Copyright, Acknowledgements, and Intended Use
Created by B. Beason (bbeason@rice.edu), Rice University, 9 June 1999.
Updated 22 June 2015