The use of radioisotopes, chemical carcinogens and other hazardous
chemicals create a potential for biohazard in the Crews Laboratory
in the basement and on the fourth floor of Patterson. In order
to minimize potential biohazards and provide for the safety of
both regular staff and visitors, the following precautions are
to be adhered to at all times:
1. All members of the Crews Lab must complete the requisite
courses offered by the UT saftey office.
2. No unaccompanied visitors, friends and relatives of employees
and students, and students of teaching assistants are allowed
to enter of the radioimmunoassay, histology, or animal rooms
of Crew's Lab at any time.
3. All eating and beverage drinking must be confined to the
study desks or office area. No food or drink will be permitted
in the working areas of the lab.
4. No smoking in laboratory rooms.
5. All animal carcasses and tissues for discard must be sealed
in a plastic bag, and placed in the chest freezer in the appropriate
basket. The bags are then collected, placed in a garbage bag,
sealed, and then taken to the loading dock freezer for disposal.
6. All disposable items (glass, plastic, etc.) used for hazardous
materials are to be placed in the appropriate containers provided
in each lab room. All glassware for washing must be rinsed with
hot water before soaking in liquinox detergent solution.
7. Handle all materials for light-microscopy with proper attention
and care. Fixatives are deadly poisons, embedding media are
potent allergens, and clearing agents are highly explosive.
Glassware and equipment used with fixatives may contaminate
physiological solutions and must not be used in the radioimmunoassay
room or in surgery. Be especially careful to avoid contamination
when fixatives must be used in those rooms. Glassware is not
to be transferred to other rooms.
8. Protective clothing (lab coats) must be worn while packing
9. The use of radioactive compounds, carcinogens and biohazardous
materials is regulated by the Radiation Safety Office. Anyone
using these substances must take the appropriate Radiation Safety
Office course or show documentation that they have had the necessary
training. These steps must be taken before material is used.
Specific procedures for the use of these materials are posted
in the laboratory and copies can be obtained from the University's
radiation safety officers or Raymond Porter or Dr.Skipper. All
such work must be cleared with them.
10. All flammable liquids should be stored in safety-cabinets
in rooms 34, 42, 60, and the Histology Lab.
11. Reptiles are vectors for Salmonella which can lead to painful
gastrointestinal disorders. Prolonged diarrhea can lead to hospitalization
and even death! Always wash hands after handling animals, particularly
These regulations are for the safety of everyone working in the
lab. They are also necessary to protect the lab from liability
and, as such, are not voluntary. Failure to comply with the general
regulations or with the specific regulations for use of radioactive,
biohazardous or carcinogenic compounds will be brought to the
attention of the Environmental Safety Office