Laboratory Must-Haves for Rookie Scientists

If you are in the process of putting together your own lab or are partnering up with one of our fellow scientists to open up a new lab or if you are simply masters or PhD student setting up your lab for your research, there are a few key things that every lab must have. Labs are divided up into 4 categories depending on the level of physical containment (PC), there are PC 1 labs where not many hazardous things take place, and by hazardous, I mean things that could be potentially harmful to the perplexed that are operating in the lab. The PC 2 Lab is relatively less hazardous than the third level but there is some degree of potential harm to the operators or Lab Technicians. The PC 3 Labs are where the  operators or Lab technicians deal with microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses with the potential to cause pathogenic diseases; in these labs it is very important that certain procedures are followed to ensure that o diseases can be spread or that the bacteria or viruses do not make their way out of the lab and things such as autoclaving are done to ensure this. In PC 4 labs, pathogenic or lethal viruses and bacteria née studied and modified in various ways to determine different effects; it is extremely important that in these labs all safety procedures are followed.

Equipment

Purchasing the appropriate Lab equipment depends on the type of Lab and the level of Physical containment of the Lab. There is the basic equipment that is essential for the functioning of tech lab such as test tubes, Eppendorf tubes, flasks, beakers, pipettes, Micropipettes etc. It is also important to have the appropriate scales that should be properly calibrated. This could be done by Scale calibration Queensland where you are guaranteed that your equipment would be of the required calibration. The other essential equipment includes, refrigerators, centrifuges with the proper centrifuge tubes, electrically controlled thermostats and bead water baths. These are only the very most essential items but depending on the type of work undertaken you could have microscopes – light microscopes, compound microscopes or electron microscopes. The nature of your work will require you to customize and get equipment that is relevant to that particular task.

There is no compromise on this, every lab must have very strict safety gear policy. The safety gear provided by the lab to the operators should be of high quality and should ensure the safety of the operators, especially in PC 4 Labs where the operators will be dealing with deadly viruses and bacteria. In addition to the safety gear, the labs should have safety rules and regulation with a safety policy that should be followed carefully. It is also a good idea to have a sort of fining share if the rules and regulations are to follow by an operator. The advantage of this is that it ensures that the ability to follow the set rules is a responsibility of the operator and not of the people that own the lab.

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