Team:IIT Delhi/Safety

iGEM IIT Delhi

We at iGEM understand the necessity of working in a safe environment. A safe environment ensures a non-hesitant mind that designs more efficient biological devices.

About lab safety and training:

  • Lab access and rules (including appropriate clothing, eating and drinking, etc.).
  • Responsible individuals (such as lab or departmental specialist or institutional biosafety officer).
  • Differences between biosafety levels.
  • Biosafety equipment (such as biosafety cabinets).
  • Good microbial technique (such as lab practices).
  • Disinfection and sterilization.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Chemicals, fire and electrical safety.
Bio-safety Rules and Regulations
General Safety Rules of the lab
  • Instructions are strictly followed
  • Personal protection equipment is must and hair should be tied
  • Working areas and common work areas are kept tidy and regularly wiped with cleansing agents like ethanol
  • Pipette tips, media, eppendorf tubes are autoclaved and Glassware; tools are cleaned with ethanol before usage
  • Handwash is a must after entering and before leaving the lab.
  • Gloves are used while handling carcinogenic agents like EtBr and high temperature objects.
  • There is a separate work bench for experiments in which toxic chemicals (e.g. Electrophoresis, Etbr).
  • Eating or drinking is prohibited in the lab.
  • Spills are immediately cleaned.
  • Lab is equipped with safety equipment and everyone is aware of its location (E.g. Fire extinguishers and first aid supplies).
  • Appropriate protection is used while working with UV light(eye protection, gloves, lab coat).
  • Lab waste is properly disposed (E.g. Biological cultures are disposed after addition of ethanol to kill microorganisms; Solids are kept out of the sink; Agarose gel, gloves, the hazardous wastes are disposed separately in the biohazard coloured bin).

Contact us


Undergraduate Laboratory
Department of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, IIT Delhi